The ageless Bartolo Colon isn't content to call it a career after 21 seasons.
The 45-year-old Dominican right-hander told reporters Wednesday that he hopes to pitch in the major leagues in 2019, if given the chance.
Colon joined the Texas Rangers on a minor league deal last offseason and has spent the majority of the year with the club. He's gone 7-12 with a 5.78 ERA in 28 games (24 starts), though most of the damage against him has come in the second half (8.85 ERA).
"My thought is to come back next season," Colon said through an interpreter. "If it happens, if it helps me to pitch in winter ball and I am good, it will help."
Colon, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, will pitch for Aguilas in the Dominican League this winter, where his plan is to appear at every stadium in the league.
"I promised the people in the Dominican that I will pitch over there," he said.
For his major league career, Colon is 247-188 with a 4.12 ERA in 565 games (552 starts). He's a four-time All-Star, most recently with the New York Mets in 2016, and won the American League Cy Young with the Los Angeles Angels in 2005.
Colon became MLB's winningest pitcher from Latin America when he earned his 246th career victory to pass Nicaragua's Dennis Martinez last month. Despite the accomplishment, the affable Colon still has his sights set on more.
"I'm not ready for [retirement]," he said. "I still think about next season. If a team gives me an opportunity, I'll be back."