Bartolo Colon, all 44 years and an estimated 285 pounds of him, could be coming to the Texas Rangers.
The right-hander, who has picked up the nickname “Big Sexy,” and the Rangers are in negotiations on a minor-league deal, according to a source who confirmed the report of MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.
Rangers pitchers and catchers report Feb. 14 to spring training in Surprise, Ariz., and have their first workout the next day.
Colon continues to throw strikes and eat innings, but he had a dismal 2017 for the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins at a combined 7-14 with a 6.48 ERA. He improved drastically with the Twins, going 5-6 with a 5.18 ERA in 15 starts after a 2-8 showing with an 8.14 ERA over 13 starts with the Braves.
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Among his wins with the Twins was a complete-game victory over the Rangers in which he allowed four runs on nine hits. In so doing, he became the oldest American League pitcher with a complete-game victory since Nolan Ryan in 1992.
Cole Hamels leads a Rangers projection that includes right-hander Doug Fister and three other left-handers — Martin Perez, Matt Moore and Mike Minor. The Rangers will look at righty reliever Matt Bush as a rotation candidate.
Colon, who won the AL Cy Young Award 13 years ago, could also be getting a look.