Braves sign 43-year-old fan favorite Colon

The Atlanta Braves will furnish their new ballpark with the oldest player in the majors as the franchise agreed to a deal with 43-year-old Bartolo Colon, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced and is pending a physical.

The Braves are slated to become the ninth club Colon has played for in a career that has spanned 19 seasons, the last three seasons with the New York Mets. Terms of the contract are for one-year, $12.5 million, first reported by Fox Sports.

Colon is the oldest active major leaguer and the Braves now have the two oldest starters in baseball. Atlanta inked knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, 42, to a one-year deal on Thursday.

Colon debuted in the majors in 1997, the same year the Braves began play at Tuner Field. He's been a workhouse on the mound, logging and average of 195 innings per season over the past four years and a 3.59 ERA.

The team will call a new ballpark home in suburban Atlanta starting next season.

Contributing: Bob Nightengale

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