Yesterday, the Braves announced that they signed 43-year old R.A. Dickey to a one-year contract worth $8 million. Today, they announced the signing of another 43-year old righty — Bartolo Colon — to a one-year contract worth $12.5 million.
Colon will likely act as the #2 starter for the Braves and will serve as another veteran arm to slot into a very young rotation. He is very familiar with the National League East, as he has spent the past three seasons with the Mets’ organization.
Colon posted a 3.43 ERA in 2016 with the Mets, and he has taken advantage of a weak starter's market increasing an already high $11 million salary from 2015 at the age of 42.
The Braves will hope that Colon is able to replicate his success from his time in New York this season. Regardless, Colon could make for a very strong trade deadline chip upon the Braves falling out of contention, and is a beloved clubhouse presence.