The Oakland Athletics have re-signed pitcher Bartolo Colon for 2013 despite his being suspended 50 games for taking performance-enhancing drugs during this year's pennant race.Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Oakland A's Crazy To Bring Bartolo Colon Back

This one comes under the category of What are they thinking? The Oakland A’s are bringing pitcher Bartolo Colon back to the team after he betrayed them by taking performance enhancing drugs and getting suspended during the heat of a pennant race.

What gives? What’s going through Billy Beane‘s mind? Colon does not deserve this opportunity. He let his team down big-time and now the A’s are inviting him back into the fold? I just don’t see it.

Colon cheats, gets caught, disrupts Oakland’s starting rotation and gets rewarded with a new, $3 million contract, with clauses that can pay him more? Colon was suspended for 50 games and he still hasn’t even served his sentence. When the 2013 season starts Colon will owe Major League Baseball five more games on the suspended list.

After Colon was exiled for screwing up, the A’s pulled together and rallied, and on the last day of the 2012 season they caught the Texas Rangers and won the American League West Division championship. That enabled them to advance to the playoffs. They did this all without Colon’s help or presence. Part of Colon’s punishment was shame, but there is no shame being displayed here. By reupping Colon, the A’s are almost saying that Colon gave it a good try getting away with breaking the rules.

If I was an A’s fan, I’d be upset with this personnel decision. I kind of wonder what Commissioner Bud Selig thinks about this deal, too.

Even without his shady dealings, Colon would be an iffy hire. He is 39 years old. He is overweight, carrying 265 pounds on his 5-foot-11 frame, and he has been erratic on the mound lately. His 2012 record was 10-9 with a 3.43 earned run average. That was a recent high point for the one-time Cy Young award winner. The last time before 2012 that Colon had double-figure wins in a season was 2005. During the stretch between 2005 and 2012 Colon had one winning season, 4-2 in 2008. He wasn’t even in the majors during the 2010 season.

This is how I read Colon’s ingestion of banned substances: He realized that the only way he could still play in the majors, the only way he could win in the majors, the only way he could continue his career, was to cheat. So he cheated, had some good moments on the mound during his 10 wins, got caught, and now is back where he was two seasons ago, only now he’s older. Is there any reason to believe that a drug-free, pushing-40 Colon can help the A’s? No way. Never mind the morality of giving millions of bucks to a guy who was thrown off your team by the governing body of the sport right when you needed him most.

This rehiring of Colon should leave a bad taste in the mouths of Oakland fans and Oakland teammates alike. And although I am not particularly an A’s fan I thought their feel-good run with an unheralded team was good for the sport. Bringing back Colon is making a statement that Oakland’s management wasn’t particularly bothered about him breaking the rules. I can’t believe the A’s are doing this. Great signal to send.

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  • Michael Gallegos

    I am an A’s fan and I am not happy but I understand the move and trust Billy Beane. I mean the guy continues to make moves that seem crazy and they still work (minus Manny Ramirez). Sure he cheated, but I believe there are many many others who have done same and have just not had their name drawn out of a hat yet. He served his time for getting caught and the A’s need a cheap leader presence on the pitching staff. The way I see it, if he doesn’t pull his weight (pun intended) it will be 3 million that we lose and that is a whole lot better than some other free agent pitcher who demands more money and we know the A’s don’t have a lot to work with at the moment.

  • Constantine Augustus

    His suspension happened at a perfect time, he’s old, of course he needs some help keeping up with the younger kids. He was on his steroid cycle last season, after being suspended there was no harm in doing another cycle this fall, now he can do one over the winter, next spring he’ll be clean and ready to go. If he had finished out the year, it would have probably been his last, but now we might be able to get another good season, or at least half season, out of him. I was predicting this the moment I heard of his suspension, the timing was just too good to be a coincidence…sit out the rest of this season and be ready to go right away next. I hope he does his cycles and Colon is as good this season as he was last. Genius!