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Braves sign Bartolo Colon to 1-year, $12.5 million deal

Atlanta adds the veteran free agent to its rotation.

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Bartolo Colon is headed to Atlanta.

The Braves and Colon agreed to a deal Friday morning, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. It’s a one-year deal worth $12.5 million, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds.

Colon, 43, was thought to be one of the more effective pitchers on the market despite his age. Over 191.2 innings with the Mets last season, he pitched to a 3.43 ERA and 3.99 FIP.

While the majority of New York’s starting rotation struggled to stay healthy last season, Colon proved to be a constant. He’s posted a career 3.93 ERA and has pitched at least 190 innings in each of the last four seasons.

New York was reportedly interested in re-signing Colon, but the Mets are also focused on adding a power hitter to their lineup.

Colon will join a Braves rotation that pitched to a 4.87 ERA last season, which ranked 14th in the National League. He is the second veteran addition to the group in as many days, joining R.A. Dickey, who signed a 1-year, $8 million deal Thursday.