· The ageless Bartolo Colon is the gift that keeps on giving. The 43-year old is looking to start a new chapter in his 19-year career with the Atlanta Braves, and with his old GM from the Cleveland Indians, John Hart. He won’t be used at the top of the rotation, but he will be an innings eater and a voice for the younger pitching prospects. However, that could change mid-season. He is only 13 wins away from surpassing former Tribe righty Dennis Martinez for wins by a Latin American pitcher. Colon has 233, while El Presidente has 245. Colon told his late mother that he wants to pitch until he’s 45, and it looks like he’s heading down that path, only this year, it’s with the Braves. In 34 games last season with the New York Mets, the four-time All-Star went 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA. He finished with 128 K and only 32 BB.
· Steven Wine of the Associated Press reports that the deal Miami Marlins owner Jeff Loria had in place with a New York-based real estate developer could be in jeopardy. This is due to Loria being named as a candidate to be the ambassador of France. The New York company said they will not agree to the buyout if he goes through with the appointing process.
News and Notes
· According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Rangers have not held any extension talks with righty Yu Darvish. He would likely test free agency if nothing happens within the next few months.
· According to Jen McCaffrey of Mlive.com, Boston Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez had his first bullpen session of the spring after suffering a minor knee injury in winter ball.
· Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the Oakland Athletics might not go with a closer this season. They could go with a platoon of Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle, Santiago Casilla, John Axford and Ryan Dull for the position.
· Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Toronto Blue Jays are in talks with free agent righty Mat Latos. There’s no guarantee of a deal, but they have kept “in touch.”
· The Los Angeles Dodgers have officially signed veteran closer Sergio Romo to a one-year deal. The deal is for $3MM along with incentives.
· The Washington Nationals have officially signed first baseman Adam Lind to a one-year deal. The deal is for $1.5MM, and includes an option for a second season.
· According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the St. Louis Cardinals are not expected to pursue another arm after righty Alex Reyes will miss the season due to Tommy John surgery.