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Friday, November 11, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: BARTOLO COLON JOINS R.A. DICKEY IN BRAVES ROTATION

Either the Atlanta Braves want to construct the oldest starting rotation in the majors or they like collecting former Cy Young winners.  Just a day after bringing aboard free agent 42-year-old veteran R.A. Dickey, the Braves reeled in the 43-year-old Colon on Friday with a one-year deal pending a physical.  Colon comes off a quietly tremendous 2016 season where he served as a stabilizing force for the injury-wracked New York Mets rotation in pitching to a 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 191.2 innings.  The rubber-armed Colon continues to get by with a fastball that reaches only the upper-80's but his pinpoint control and changing of location constantly kept hitters off balance.  While a major dropoff could occur at a moment's notice given the age, Colon staying in the much easier National League was key to his value remaining as a top SP 5 in 2017 fantasy baseball.  Not many strikeouts here but Colon is capable of posting a decent ERA and WHIP once again. 


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