Rangers agree to terms with RHP Bartolo Colon on 2018 Minor League contract

Texas Rangers today announced that free agent right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colon has agreed to terms on a 2018 minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp.

February 4th, 2018

Texas Rangers today announced that free agent right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colon has agreed to terms on a 2018 minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp.

Colon, 44, has won 240 games over 20 Major League seasons with 10 different teams. In 2017, he combined to go 7-14 with a 6.48 ERA in 28 starts with Atlanta and Minnesota. Colon was released on July 4 after going 2-8 in 13 starts with the Braves.

Signed by the Twins three days later, the right-hander went 5-6 in 15 starts for Minnesota, working at least 6.0 innings in 9 of those. Colon was 4-2, 3.42 over a span of 8 starts from July 30-Sept. 5, including a complete game win on August 4 against the Rangers. That was his 21st career victory against Texas, the most of any pitcher all-time.

Colon leads all pitchers who saw Major League action in 2017 with 240 wins and is second with 3315.1 innings and 2454 strikeouts behind the Yankees' C.C. Sabathia. He as a 240-176 record and 4.04 ERA in 537 games/528 starts with Cleveland (1997-2002), Montreal (2002), Chicago White Sox (2003; 2009), Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels (2004-07), Boston (2008), New York Yankees (2011), Oakland (2012-13), New York Mets (2014-16), Atlanta (2017), and Minnesota (2017).

He is a four-time All-Star and was the American League Cy Young Award winner in 2005, when he went 21-8 with the Angels. Colon also combined to go 20-8 with the Indians and Expos in 2002 and overall has won at least 10 games in 13 different seasons. That includes 5 consecutive years from 2012-16, a period in which he won 18 games for the A's in 2013 and 15 games each for the Mets in 2014 and 2016. Overall, Colon has made at least 30 starts in a season 12 times.

With today's agreement, Texas has 63 players on its 2018 Major League spring training roster, including 23 non-roster invitees. Pitchers and catchers will hold their first spring workout in Surprise, Arizona on Thursday, February 15 with the first full team workout set for Tuesday, February 20.