The Atlanta Braves made the signing of starting pitcher Bartolo Colon official on Thursday after Colon passed his physical.
The Atlanta Braves announced last week that they would pick up veteran starting pitcher Bartolo Colon to add experience to their young rotation. Atlanta made the deal official with the 43-year-old agreeing to a one-year, $12.5 million deal on Thursday after Colon passed his physical.
Colon will bring a fun energy both on the field and in the club house. The forty-three year old veteran has put together surprising numbers his last few years in the big leagues and will offer the Braves the rare commodity of a veteran player who not only can help in the clubhouse but on the field as well.
While it is hard at this point to speculate where Colon will slot into the Braves rotation it is safe to assume if the Braves add an ace Colon would still potentially be the Braves third starter as the Braves move into their new ballpark.
The Braves are still looking to add talent to the starting rotation for the 2017 debut season at SunTrust Park. Chris Sale has been the most mentioned name in Braves rumors though there are plenty of doubts from pundits and Braves fans alike that the Braves would be willing to spend what it would take to get a top ace like Chris Sale.
Adding Sale to a rotation that already features Teheran and veteran pitchers Dickey and Colon would offer stability and make the Braves roster appear to be one that is legitimately capable of competing in the postseason very soon.
Bartolo Colon and the rest of the Braves pitchers will report to camp Feb. 15th with the first game coming for the Braves on Feb. 25th in spring training action. There is little doubt that adding Bartolo Colon will bring a sense of fun while improving the Braves rotation in 2017.