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Twins sign oldest active MLB starting pitcher, former Cy Young winner to minor league deal

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) follows through during a sixth inning at bat against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports MLB: New York Mets at San Diego Padres

The 44-year-old pitcher is set to join his 10th major league club after the Twins signed the former American League Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star to a minor league contract on Friday.

"Minnesota just got sexier! #MNTwins sign Bartolo Colon to minor league deal. #BigSexy," the Twins wrote on the team's official Twitter account on Friday.

Colon was released by the Atlanta Braves on July 4 after joining the team on a one-year, $12.5 million deal last November. He went 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA in 13 starts with the team and was designated for assignment on June 29.

He was the oldest active major league player entering this season.

A 20-year veteran, Colon owns a 235-170 record with a 4.02 ERA and 2,407 strikeouts over 522 career outings (513 starts).

Colon spent the first five-plus seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians from 1997 to 2002 before going on to pitch for the Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and Braves.

His Cy Young season came with the Angeles in 2005, winning a career-high 21 games opposite eight losses and posting a 3.48 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 33 starts.

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