Moving this off-season with almost shocking speed, the Braves have now signed three pitchers this week… and the latest is almost a shocker.
As he says, the contract will not be official until the physical, but if any 40-ish player is ready to go, it’s probably Colon, who is a workout maniac.
This is consistent with everything the Braves have been telling us the entire off-season: the team does not want to be in the position of blocking young arms coming up through the system.
Indeed, the idea of 1 or 2 year veteran deals suggest that the team believes some will be in Cobb County sooner than later. Names like Max Fried and Patrick Weigel have been bandied about as perhaps members of the 1st wave to come.
Yes – that sounds a bit high. However, there’s a couple of factors to consider:
More from Tomahawk Take
- Braves News: Atlanta’s left field situation, Dansby negotiations, more
- Alex Anthopoulos discusses the Atlanta Braves payroll, rotation, Grissom, Swanson, Acuña, and more
- Braves News: Braves 2023 rotation speculation, Correa deal on hold, more
- Atlanta Braves: Current Left Field Mix
- Atlanta Braves 2023 Preseason Top 30 Prospects List: 11-15
- He’s been a bit better than R.A. Dickey (3.43 ERA in 2016, FWIW)
- It took more to get Colon to relinquish his love affair with the Mets (2014-15).
- It’s only one year, so it’s no big deal… well, except for Colon himself
So now the Braves have signed Josh Collmenter, R.A. Dickey, and Bartolo Colon all in one week.
With the latter pair, Atlanta should be able to count on something approaching 400 innings. Added to Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz, that should present a pretty consistent rotation – something sorely lacking over the past few seasons.
UPDATE: Feelings from the Mets about this move are… mixed:
Are We Done Then?
Not a chance. Coppolella is now in the driver’s seat. He no longer has to do anything else, but I strongly suspect that he will want to add a controllable young starter via trade.
Now that he has locked in the “short-term” pitchers, this goal might very well be someone to stand alongside Teheran and Folty at the front end of the rotation.
Coppy has been talking to Tampa Bay – we know this. We also know that Oakland has been talking with teams… and Coppy has spoken to roughly 20 of them.
So watch out – he might go big now on a trade since the rest of his pitching work is done.
Of course, he’s already gone Big Sexy on us, too.