Bartolo Colon and the Mets are receptive to a reunion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Don’t rule out the return of Bartolo Colon to the New York Mets.

Although the team’s rotation is full, the Mets are entertaining bringing back Colon as a reliever and spot starter. And, apparently, Colon is receptive to returning in that role.

Colon, 42, went 14-13 with a 4.16 ERA in 33 appearances (31 starts) for the Mets during the regular season. He performed well in the postseason as a reliever, and proved a valuable mentor in the clubhouse.

“I think the door is still open with him,” assistant GM John Ricco said Sunday evening, as the winter meetings opened. “And I think we’ll meet with his guys out here. I can see a fit there. His versatility and the success he had in the playoffs in that role, and where he is in his career, I think he could fit us on a number of levels. And, everything I’ve heard, he would be open to that type of role.”