No, Bartolo Colon didn’t work out. Yes, the Braves are moving on

Bart’s final fling. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

You knew it was coming. Even I, non-genius that I am, knew it was coming. The Atlanta Braves have designated Bartolo Colon for assignment. Signing him for $12.5 million was a move that didn’t work, which isn’t quite the same as being a bad move.

Through last season, Colon had proved he was really good at eating innings. He didn’t throw hard. He didn’t miss bats. He just worked a lot of competitive innings, year upon year upon decade. That was why the Braves hired him. The risk therein was that, at his advanced age, there’d come a day when he stopped being a competitive pitcher. That day came.

Credit the Braves with this: They gave him a chance — and last night’s start in San Diego practically stamped, “Last Chance” — but they didn’t try to string it out to the point of absurdity. They didn’t move him to the bullpen. They didn’t run him back out there in the attempt to stir a glimmer of trade hope. They DFA’ed him. He gets the rest of his salary. They move on.

Remember what John Coppolella said two weeks ago of the moves to rent Colon and R.A. Dickey: They Braves sacrificed no prospects in making those acquisitions; all they spent was money. (And Dickey, it must be said, has been excellent the past few turns.) It was a move that didn’t work; it was also a move that, in the grand scheme, didn’t hurt much of anything except the team’s record, and then only over 13 starts.

We can make the argument that, with Dickey already signed, the Braves didn’t need Colon, too. We can make the argument — I have — that the Braves could have trusted their farm system more. We can second-guess this one until the cows come home, but the point is moot. They’ve moved on. They had to do it. They’ve done it.

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FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

It was worth a try -- Colon was good as recently as last season.  It just did not work & I do not blame the FO on that one I hope they do another one yr deal on a vet SP this coming off season.   Just try that is all we can ask

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@MaybeMaybeNot Who is more valuable for the Braves?, Wood or Kemp. That is the result of the Dodgers trade involving Wood.

DamonH
DamonH

If Bartolo can go directly from DL to making a major league start ... why are the Braves sending Freddie to the minors to make a few starts before he comes back to the majors???

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@DamonH Because Freeman actually was coming back from an injury, Bart was just coming back from being ineffective.

dtanner311
dtanner311

shows MLB teams got to much money to throw away after hitting taxpayers up to pay for stadiums