Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bartolo Colon? Really?

The fifth starter role must be a desperate one to fill for the White Sox. The White Sox have signed Bartolo Colon to a one year deal. He will be competing with Aaron Poreda, and potentially others, for that coveted fifth starter role.

Can Colon stay healthy? Can he still be effective after injuring himself batting last year? Anything is possible. If Bartolo thinks this will be another cakewalk on the South Side, he is sorely mistaken. Gandhi is not in charge anymore.

There is a Venezuelan born Tazmanian devil on the loose and in charge. He will not put up with lame excuses, but if you play the right way, he'll be your best friend. Is this the reason that Bartolo stayed away the last few seasons? He turned down the White Sox flat on more than a few occasions.

I think Bartolo is a man running out of options. He can clearly pitch, when he's healthy. Getting him to stay healthy is the real challenge. He has a history of DL trips and sub par performances. Is this an upgrade from Javier Vazquez? I say it is. Why? Because Bartolo isn't afraid to step up in a big game. Whether or not he will be healthy enough to do that remains to be seen.

OK, Bartolo. Let's see what you've got left. If you put on a pitching school this season, you can write your ticket anywhere in 2010.


dayf said...

If Bartolo can come back to form, hells yes he's better than Javy. But after last year's injury plague, I'm happy with Javy's slightly above average 200 innings.

Motherscratcher said...

If it makes you feel any better the Indians signed Pavano.

Actually, I think Colon has some upside. You never know. He may regain some old magic, even if it's only for a year. If he doesn't...big deal. No harm done.

The only person who should be nervous about this is the guy who's in charge of the post game buffet.

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