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Mets re-sign Bartolo Colon to 1-year, $7.25 million deal

The veteran heads back to the Mets for a third season.

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The Mets have agreed to re-sign right-hander Bartolo Colon to a 1-year, $7.25 million contract, according to's Ken Rosenthal. A reunion between the sides has been considered likely since the Winter Meetings, when the Mets traded Jon Niese to the Pirates in exchange for Neil Walker.

Colon, 42, is likely to work as a back-end starter or swingman for a Mets team that has Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler slotted into rotation spots for next season. Colon has spent the last two seasons with New York, posting a 14-13 record and 4.16 ERA in 194.2 innings last season.

Colon was also linked to the Athletics on the free-agent market, but always seemed to have the Mets as his first choice despite the team's rotation logjam. He will head back to Queens for his 19th major-league season after spending time with the Indians (1997-2002), Expos (2002), White Sox (2003, 2009), Angels (2004-07), Red Sox (2008), Yankees (2011), Athletics (2012-13) and Mets (2014-15).