Yankees Sign Pitcher Bartolo Colon to Minor-League Contract, NY Post Says

The New York Yankees signed pitcher Bartolo Colon, the 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner, to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training, the New York Post reports.

Colon, 37, didn’t play Major League Baseball last season and has a 14-21 record with a 5.18 earned run average in 48 appearances since winning the Cy Young as the AL’s best pitcher six years ago. He pitched this winter for a team in the Dominican Republic managed by Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, the Post said.

The Yankees’ starting rotation is a concern heading into the 2011 season, with rookie Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre projected to follow CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett if Andy Pettitte retires. Colon may receive $900,000 if he makes the Yankees’ major-league roster, the Post reported without saying where it got the information.

Colon has a 153-103 record with a 4.10 ERA over 13 major- league seasons with five teams. He’s been slowed by arm and shoulder injuries since going 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels in 2005.

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