Bartolo Colon and Mets agree to $7.25-million deal

Bartolo Colon went 15-8 with a 3.43 earned-run average for the New York Mets this season.
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Right-hander Bartolo Colon has agreed to a $7.25-million, one-year contract to remain with the New York Mets, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

“I know there’s talks with him going on,” Manager Terry Collins said. “We told him, ‘Look, there may be a starting spot for you early in the season.’ So I hope they can get something done.”

Colon, 42, was 14-13 with a 4.16 earned-run average in 31 starts and two relief appearances this year, and had a 2.08 ERA in seven relief appearances during the postseason.


Colon has a 218-154 record, including 29-26 the last two seasons with the Mets. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2005 while with the Angels.

Mike Napoli and Indians agree to a deal

Free-agent first baseman Mike Napoli and the Cleveland Indians have agreed on a $7-million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press.

Napoli’s deal includes $3 million in performance bonuses, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because Napoli must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.

Napoli, 34, has 204 home runs, a .253 career average and 577 runs batted in.

He played 111 games at first base, 11 in left field and three at designated hitter last season with the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers. Napoli hit .224 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs.

Yadier Molina has another operation on left thumb


Catcher Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals has undergone a second operation on his left thumb and will be in a cast for four to five weeks.

The surgery was done because Molina was experiencing discomfort in the thumb. The first operation was performed in mid-October after the Cardinals were eliminated by the Chicago Cubs in a National League division series.

Molina, 33, is an eight-time Gold Glove winner and seven-time All-Star.

Garrett Jones to play with Japan’s Yomiuri Giants

First baseman Garrett Jones has agreed to a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

The club announced the deal, reportedly worth $2.5 million plus incentives and bonuses, on its website.

Jones, 34, batted .215 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 57 games for the New York Yankees this season.

He has a .251 career average with 122 home runs. He hit a career-high 27 home runs in 2012 for the Pittsburgh Pirates.