Orioles fans watching the postseason can only imagine. They can fantasize about Jake Arrieta, who most couldn’t wait to get rid of, pitching in the postseason for them.
Or Colby Rasmus, who the team nearly signed last winter, hitting home runs for them.
Rasmus’ Houston Astros are gone from the postseason, and Arrieta’s Cubs will now have to win four times in five games to get to the franchise’s first World Series in 70 years.
But, there are always others in the postseason to scout.
How about Bartolo Colon?
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The Orioles haven’t been linked with Colon, but even though he’s 42, he’s not a joke.
The New York Mets have plenty of starting pitching, and Colon is a free agent. He’s not likely to return to the Mets.
In May, Colon held the Orioles to a run on six hits in 7 2/3 innings, and entertained them with his unique batting style. Colon, who is listed at 285 lbs., swung mightily as his helmet flew off.
Because of his physique and age, an Orioles dalliance with Colon would be met with skepticism.
But, consider this. Colon won 14 games for the Mets and pitched 194 2/3 innings—at 42. None of the Orioles’ starters, all of whom are at least a decade younger than Colon, did that.
New York wanted Colon as a stopgap and a mentor for their young pitchers when they signed him to a two-year, $20 million contract a year ago. He could be that with the Orioles.
Colon is familiar with the American League; he’s spent nearly all his 18-year career in it. He’s pitched for the Yankees and Red Sox, so he’s familiar with the AL East, and he’s been around so long that he pitched to Cal Ripken, so he’s familiar with Orioles history, too. Ripken homered off Colon on Aug. 22, 1998, the first time the portly right-hander pitched against the Orioles.
Besides, it would be great to see Colon paired with another contemporary, Brady Anderson, the Orioles’ vice president of baseball operations, to discuss diet and conditioning.
All reports are that Colon is still quite athletic despite his girth.
It would also be fun to hear Buck Showalter find new ways to describe Colon.
As the Mets move along in the National League Championship Series, instead of hearing about Daniel Murphy’s free agency, let’s think about Colon, who volunteered to pitch out of the bullpen this season.
While David Price, Zack Grienke, Johnny Cueto and perhaps Jordan Zimmermann may be out of the Orioles’ price range, could Bartolo Colon make Baltimore fat city in 2016?
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