The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with free-agent right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colon on a one-year Major League contract for the 2017 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Colon, 43, owns a 233-162 career record with a 3.93 ERA in 509 games (500 starts). He leads all active pitchers in career wins, starts and innings pitched (3,172.1) and ranks second in career strikeouts (2,365), complete games (36) and shutouts (13). His 233 career wins ranks second all-time among Dominican-born pitchers, behind only Hall of Famer Juan Marichal (243). Dennis Martinez holds the all-time record for wins among Latin-American pitchers with 245.
"We are thrilled to add a veteran of Bartolo's caliber to our club," Braves general manager John Coppolella said. "He will be valuable to us both on the field and in the clubhouse and it will be exciting to watch him chase baseball records during a historic season for the Braves franchise."
Colon is a four-time All-Star and was the winner of the 2005 American League Cy Young Award, while finishing in the top six of his league's Cy Young Award voting three other times (1999-4th, 2002-6th and 2013-6th). He has posted a pair of 20-win seasons in his career, in 2002 (20-8) and in 2005 (21-8).
The right-hander has worked at least 200 innings in a season eight times in his career and tossed at least 190 innings in each of the last four campaigns. His 62 wins over that four-season span (2013-16) rank as the fifth-highest total in the majors.
Colon went 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 34 appearances (33 starts) during an All-Star campaign for the New York Mets in 2016, his third season with the club and his 19th Major League campaign.
He was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1993 and made his Major League debut with the Indians in 1997. The Braves are his ninth Major League organization.