No, I am not talking about William Conrad and his role in the TV series, Jake and the Fat Man. Nor am I referring to Kasper Gutman, AKA the "fat man" in the great noir film, The Maltese Falcon.
It is, as Matthew Berry once called him--and it stuck--"Big Fat Bartolo Colon," when the hurler was nominated during a Tout Wars auction many years back.
Though Colon is 37, he really has not been any kind of an impact arm since 2005, when he went 21-8, 3.48 and a 1.15 WHIP with the Angels. Since then he has managed to stay in the majors, pitching over 257 innings and 48 starts while allowing 316 hits, 71 walks, with 172 strikeouts. That adds up to an 11-21, 5.18, with a ratio of 1.51. And, amazingly, Colon was only used in relief once, although with those numbers, once might be too many times.
I am not sure what Colon can add to the Yankees powerhouse team. Maybe he is some guilty pleasure gamble predicated on making everyone in the organization feel better about not signing Cliff Lee. Certainly, he has not roto-value, and his major league equivalent is pretty the same.
As an aside, Colon signed a minor league deal with the Yankees Wednesday, meaning the fat man is back. Although, if you look at his size on the The Baseball Reference, they maintain the hurler is 6'1", 185 pounds. Hmmmmm.