The Oakland A's could be on the verge of signing free-agent pitcher Bartolo Colon, according to an ESPN report.
The 38-year-old Colon, who revitalized his career last year with the New York Yankees, is negotiating with the A's, ESPN's Buster Olney reported on Twitter Saturday.
Colon, who has pitched for six teams in his 14-year career, hadn't pitched in the major leagues since July 2009 when he made the Yankees' rotation last year, where he went 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA. Colon started 26 games and pitched 164 innings, allowing 172 hits, walking 40 and striking out 135.
Colon is 161-113 in his career, but he's gone just 22-31 since 2006.
The A's are looking for some veteran presence in a rotation that lost Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill in recent trades and will be without Brett Anderson until midseason. As it stands, Oakland's veteran starting pitching options include Brandon McCarthy, Guillermo Moscoso, Tyson Ross and Josh Outman. Dallas Braden, who missed most of 2011 with a shoulder injury, may be available at the start of the season.
Pitchers Tom Milone and Brad Peacock, acquired from the Washington Nationals in the Gonzalez deal, and Jarrod Parker, who came from Arizona in the Cahill trade, will also compete for rotation spots in the spring. All three spent a little time in the majors late last season, but the left-handed Milone is considered closest to being ready to return to the big leagues.