Monday, February 25, 2008

Sox Sign Insurance Policy...Colon

2005 Cy Young Award winner, Bartolo Colon limbers up at Ft Myers on Tuesday. Will he help the Sox in '08? I think his signing was a great idea. No lose situation for him or the BoSox!



Report: Red Sox to sign Colon


Minor League deal designed to add insurance to rotation
By Ian Browne / MLB.com

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'In a move that comes with minimal risk and potentially some reward, the Red Sox, according to a report by ESPN.com, reached a preliminary agreement on Sunday with former American League Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon on a Minor League contract.'



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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a move that comes with minimal risk and potentially some reward, the Red Sox, according to a report by ESPN.com, reached a preliminary agreement on Sunday with former American League Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon on a Minor League contract.
Since winning 21 games in 2005 to cart home his Cy Young trophy, Colon has been plagued by right shoulder woes the past two seasons and ineffective when he has taken the mound.


Pitching for the Angels, Colon went 1-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 2006 and 6-8 with a 6.34 ERA in '07.
Thanks to his injuries and recent lack of success, Colon, 34, had a hard time drumming up interest on the free-agent market this offseason.


The Red Sox have a projected starting rotation of Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz. But with veteran right-hander Curt Schilling out indefinitely with right shoulder woes, the addition of Colon could give the Red Sox some insurance if there are additional injuries, or if one of the young starters struggles out of the gate.
Colon has a career record of 146-95 with a 4.10 ERA in 309 career appearances