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12/30/10 6:33 PM EST
Colon says Rangers, Yanks, Tribe interested
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Former American League Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon has not pitched in the Major Leagues since July 24, 2009, but he is still planning a comeback and said there are three teams interested in him.
Colon told El Dia, a newspaper in the Dominican Republic, that the Rangers, Yankees and Indians have all expressed some degree of interest in him.
"I'll go with the one that signs me," said Colon, who would most likely have to settle for a non-roster contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Colon was 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in seven starts for the Cibaenas Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League this year. He walked six and struck out 28 in 37 1/3 innings. He was 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts for the White Sox in 2009, but had to deal with inflammation in his left knee and right elbow.
The Rangers and the Yankees have been looking for starting pitching this winter since Cliff Lee spurned both and signed with the Phillies. Colon, 37, made his big league debut with the Indians in 1997.
He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2005 with the Angels when he went 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA. But he is 14-21 with a 5.18 ERA in 47 starts and one relief appearance with the Angels, Red Sox and White Sox since then.