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Published: Wed, November 16, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Braves agree to term with oldest player in NL


Sources told FanRag Sports that the 43-year-old was leaving the New York Mets to sign elsewhere. In the regular season, he made 98 appearances, all but three of which were starts, and had a 3.90 ERA in his time with the team.

Former NL Cy Young Award victor R.A. Dickey and the Atlanta Braves agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract, adding a 42-year-old knuckleballer to a thin rotation as the team moves into a new ballpark. An official announcement of the Braves addition of Colon is expected later next week.

He's the second ex-Met the Braves have added in the past two days - they signed free agent R.A. Dickey on Thursday.

Colon debuted in the majors in 1997, the same year the Braves began play at Tuner Field.

Colon also was not guaranteed a spot within the Mets' rotation, and he is just 11 wins away from matching Juan Marichal's record for the most wins (243) by a Dominican-born pitcher. His one-year contract with the Braves is reportedly set to be a $12.5 million deal.

Colon was 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 128 strikeouts in 191 2/3 innings last season for the Mets, who were said to be aggressively trying to keep him.

The Braves have also talked to the agents for several free-agent catchers including Jason Castro, Nick Hundley and Matt Wieters. The last team in the majors to have two pitchers on their staff at age 42 or older to start 10 plus games was the 1990 Texas Rangers, behind Nolan Ryan, and Charlie Hough, in 2017 that could change. The off-season is still in the earliest stages but so far it seems as if the Braves will continue shopping on the bargain aisle and avoid adding any pieces that could truly help them take a step forward and compete in the seasons to come.

The Milwaukee Brewers and manager Craig Counsell have agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2020 season. Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball was the first to report news of the agreement.

It would have been great to have Colon back, but he would've been a bullpen piece unless the Mets suffered multiple injuries to their starting pitchers.

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