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Royals Rumors: Bartolo Colon could be potential fit in Royals rotation

May 30, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) throws in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
May 30, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) throws in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Royals rumors are going to be persistent over the month of July. Could former Braves pitcher Bartolo Colon be an option for the Kansas City Royals to add to their rotation?

One of my favorite Major League Baseball storylines from a season ago was when then-Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon hit his first career home run. Colon signed with the Atlanta Braves heading into 2017 and did not last long there, as the Braves designated him for assignment earlier this week.

Colon has been in the majors since 1997 (he’s 44 years old) and has made it to four All-Star Games and even won the Cy Young once during his career. His better days are behind him, sure, but Colon wouldn’t be anything more than a fifth starter for the Kansas City Royals. He’d add a veteran presence to a team looking to go on a big run.

Colon struggled mightily in Atlanta this season, notching an ugly 8.14 ERA and 2-8 record in 13 starts. He gave up 11 home runs and walked 20 guys during those 13 appearances on the mound.

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While Bartolo Colon clearly isn’t what he once was, the Royals don’t have great options for their number five starter at the moment. Jake Junis is young and needs improvement, but could contribute to this team from the bullpen to help perfect his craft a bit.

I don’t expect the Kansas City Royals to go after Colon, as there are bigger needs on their team at the moment than a potential fifth starter. They need to shore up their bullpen and potentially add a new bat at the designated hitter position.

ESPN reported that the New York Mets are interested in a reunion with Colon, which is likely what will happen when the 44-year old clears waivers. Colon was with the Mets in 2015 and 2016 and faced the Royals during that time. He actually dueled Chris Young in extra innings in Game 1 of the World Series and ultimately lost.

When Royals rumors start heating up, we have to cover every possible scenario out there. Bartolo Colon isn’t likely going to be a member of the KC Royals, but it wouldn’t be that crazy of a move for the club. No one is sure what the deal is with Nate Karns, so adding a fifth arm to the rotation could be a move made by Dayton Moore and the Royals front office.

What do you think, Royals fans? Would you want to see the team acquire Bartolo Colon or should they stick with Jake Junis as the number five starter?