Bartolo Colon is remaining in the National League East, but not with the Mets. Colon is headed to the Braves on a one-year deal, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman was among the first to report the deal.
The Marlins are in need of starting pitching and could have considered Colon. Tim Healey of The Sun-Sentinel first noted the possibility of signing Colon might have intrigued the Marlins.
Colon, 43, had a notable amount of success with the Mets last season, pitching to a 3.43 ERA and 3.99 FIP over 191.2 innings. He’s tossed at least 190 innings in each of the last four seasons.
Colon received a deal worth $12.5 million, and the Marlins unlikely would have matched that given his age. Miami has historically been hesitant to give large deals to potential free agents.
Because the Marlins need a pair of starters, Colon might not have been the ideal solution. Regardless, Miami’s offense will continue to face Colon, just with him in a different uniform.