Bartolo Colon really wants to pitch for the Mets again

The veteran still feels like he can pitch in the Big Leagues and is willing to do it for the minimum

Bartolo Colon.

Bartolo Colon. | AP

Bartolo Colon is not ready to hang up his cleats just yet. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports Colon could be open to signing a Minor League contract in his quest to return to the Majors, though he would only do so with the Mets.

However, New York has shown limited interest in Colon to this point, according to Puma.

Colon, 44, was beloved by local fans during his three-year tenure with the Mets from 2014-16, during which he went 44-34 with a 3.90 ERA and memorably hit his first and only career home run. But Colon struggled through the 2017 season, finishing with a 6.48 ERA and 1.59 WHIP while splitting time with the Braves and Twins.

The right-hander allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings in the Twins' regular-season finale, then proclaimed "I'm not going anywhere" in response to rumors that 2017 would be his final season.

Colon said he plans to keep his promise to his late mother, Adriana; he told her before she passed away in 2014 that he wants to pitch until he's 45. His 45th birthday will come on May 24.