Now the Red Sox Have a Colon

See, it’s funny because it looks like the organ, but it’s pronounced differently.

I’d rather be making immature bowel jokes because that beats considering the actual possibility that Bartolo Colon could be pitching on the Red Sox roster come April instead of Clay Buchholz.

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  • This is a low risk move, so I think it’s fine for the Sox. Having read the reports on him this off-season via mlbtraderumors, it seems like his velocity is down and he’s not looked impressive in work outs. So I wouldn’t exprect much from him. But a wealthy team like the Sox can afford to see if he’ll regain his old form.

    Nick-YF February 24, 2008, 6:50 pm
  • I would just prefer the Red Sox not be associated with Bartolo Colon, regardless of how low-risk the move is.

    Paul SF February 24, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • yeah enjoy that…

    sam-YF February 24, 2008, 7:22 pm
  • Nick nailed it dead-on: Risk < Reward.

    I'mBillMcNeal February 24, 2008, 7:36 pm
  • Hell, he gives them 3-4 good starts, I’d consider that a success.

    I'mBillMcNeal February 24, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Ah, the old A-Rod launching pad.

    AndrewYF February 24, 2008, 8:04 pm
  • Someone warn the hot dog vendors!

    SF February 24, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • El Guapo is back! Three cheers and a side of ribs!

    Dirty Water February 24, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • The reward definitely outweighs the risk, but I’m going to have nightmares seeing him in a Sox uniform. Also, I still hate him since he somehow won a Cy Young in 2005.

    Atheose February 24, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • I hate to see good players fall completely off the charts, and I don’t know whether it was PED’s, a stubborn resistance to diet and fitness, or simply injuries, but I am surprised he hasn’t been able to regain his velocity. So, here’s hoping that a fomerly good player regains his form, and nets some wins for the Red Sox, and here’s also hoping that A-Rod tatoos him for 3 HRs in one game, like he did that fine spring day a couple years back.
    Either way, a no risk move for the Sox. If he shows ANYTHING in ST or the Minors, he’s a great first call up when there’s an injury at the ML level.

    yankees76 February 24, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Of course, he’s pulled this line against the Yanks directly from his Colon:
    69.2 IP, 6.07 ERA, 18 HR, 34 BB, 64 K

    A YF February 25, 2008, 4:47 am
  • I too am genuinely surprised he hasn’t been able to see him regain his velocity–usually that doesn’t suddenly disappear just because someone resists diet and exercise. I understand it happening to someone over 40 (Schilling, for instance) but at 34 Colon isn’t an old man yet, so I personally suspect PED use.
    Also, Surviving Grady has a great piece about the addition of Bartolo Colon, comparing him to Newman from Seinfeld. Hilarious.

    Atheose February 25, 2008, 9:22 am
  • If they aren’t assuming any real financial risk here, I don’t see the downside – if he doesn’t get any of his velocity back, I very much doubt they’ll bring him up to get pounded. If he does, hey, bonus for the Sox. Good signing.

    Micah-SF February 25, 2008, 2:27 pm
  • Signing Colon isn’t the best possible move the Sox could have made this off-season, but certainly not the worst. I agree with the fact that this is pretty much a no lose situation for the Sox and that even if Colon regains none of his velocity and proves to be a disappointment, who cares, it’s just a Minor League contract. However, with desperate need for a fifth starter or added depth to the middle relief, Colon could prove worthy of the assignment. If not, at least the Sox are looking at giving him a shot in a winning program. The Sox also seem to be a team looking for extra pitchers, especially days when the Wake’s knuckle isn’t on and when no one in the pen can throw strikes, so this may be a great match.
    The biggest danger the Sox face is if a decision is made to settle or wait for Colon to return to form. The good news is that the Sox have made great nobody/washed up pickups in the past. This year alone, the addition of Coco Crisp who was no where near dominant offensively, provided great security on defense, and while he wasn’t the offensive spark hoped for, J.D. Drew also made his presence known in the Sox lineup. We can only hope this knack for finding talent will continue.
    Now, as for Colon, he definitely needs to be seen as an insurance policy. Yes, he could provide that spark needed if someone gets injured, which tends to be the norm, but to think he could make a stay in the rotation in the shape he’s in could be a long shot. The big test will be what he shows during ST, because Tavarez and Buchholtz have proven they can handle the load and are just waiting for their chance.
    While Colon hasn’t exactly proven his dominance with the Yankees over the years, he is a former Cy Young winner, whether you agree with the decision or not. This history along with the fact Colon is still young does provide hope. In the end, this no lose signing looks to be a good move for Red Sox Nation.

    thecaptain February 25, 2008, 4:26 pm

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