ATLANTA -- The Braves moved another step closer toward completing their offseason search for starting pitching, when an industry source revealed they reached an agreement on Friday with veteran right-handerBartolo Colon. Terms were not revealed, but MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported that the deal, which is pending the completion of a physical, is for one year and $12.5 million. Colon becomes the second former Cy Young Award winner to sign with the Braves during the early portion of this free-agent season. R.A. Dickeyagreed to the terms of a one-year, $8 million contract with Atlanta on Thursday. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Colon's deal will not include a club option for the 2018 season like Dickey received.
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart has a long history with Colon that dates back to their days together with the Indians during the 1990s. There was initially reason to believe Colon preferred to continue pitching for the Mets.Colon owns a 3.94 ERA over 500 career starts. The 43-year-old hurler posted a 3.43 ERA in 34 appearances (33 starts) for the Mets this past season. He won the 2005 American League Cy Young Award while pitching for the Angels. Mark Bowman /MLB.com