OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Bartolo Colon will be welcomed back to the Oakland Athletics with no hard feelings - at least by newly crowned AL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin.
Melvin said Wednesday he is happy the right-hander will return to the club next year after his 2012 season ended with a 50-game suspension Aug. 22 for testing positive for testosterone.
Colon received a $3 million, one-year contract Nov. 3. While the new deal includes incentives for starts and innings, he also has potential bonuses for relief appearances - though Melvin said Colon would prepare as a starter and will be ``embraced'' by the reigning AL West champions.
The former Cy Young winner went 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts for Oakland last season, his 15th in the majors.
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