Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bartolo Colon Close To Signing With The White Sox

Impacto Deportivo and MLB Trade Rumors are reporting that Bartolo Colon and the Chicago White Sox have come to an agreement on a deal pending a physical. Given Colon's injury-ridden 2006 and 2007 seasons, one would have to assume this is a one year deal.

Fantasy Impact

Colon is a former Cy Young winner who put together eight very strong seasons between 1998-2005 pitching primarily for the Cleveland Indians and Anaheim Angels. The last two years, Colon has struggled with a series of injuries and been limited to only 29 starts going a dismal 7-13 with an ERA well over 5.

In Chicago, Colon would most likely be the fourth starter behind Mark Buerhle, Javier Vasquez and Jose Contreras if he proves healthy and effective. In addition, Colon's presence in the rotation will most likely force John Danks or Gavin Floyd to compete for the #5 spot while the other guy becomes the long reliever.

In his prime, Colon was a dominant power pitcher, capable of registering ample strikeout totals. He also played on some good Cleveland and Anaheim teams and won a lot of games. In Chicago with his health and skills diminished he will be playing for an average ball club and pitching in a hitter's park. If everything breaks right for Colon, he could be a source of a few wins and strikeouts, but he certainly isn't a guy to lean on in your fantasy baseball pitching staff. Take a late flier on him on draft day and see if he pans out.

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