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Mike Pelfrey interested in long-term contract with Mets

Sep 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

Mike Pelfrey will be eligible for salary arbitration this offseason for the first time, but the 26-year-old right-hander told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that he’s interested in working out a long-term contract with the Mets:

I would be interested. They’d have to bring it up, but I’m sure we’ll explore it. I’m definitely open to it. My agent and them will work it out. If they want to do it, I’m open to it. If not, that’s fine, too.

Pelfrey’s agent is Scott Boras, which could complicate things given that his clients rarely agree to long-term deals before hitting the open market as free agents. Of course, Pelfrey is under team control through 2014, so there’s no real rush for the Mets to do much of anything.
Asked to describe the Mets’ interest in a potential long-term extension, Pelfrey said: “Crickets. It’s been crickets.” For now at least he’ll have to settle for a huge raise via the arbitration process, where his 15-9 record and 3.75 ERA will be evaluated relative to pitchers with similar performances and service time.

  1. BC - Sep 27, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Waaaaaayyy to premature. Go through the arbitration process this year, pocket some serious $, and then worry about long-term stuff in a couple years.

  2. Trevor B - Sep 27, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Mike Pelfrey asks for life sentence before parole hearing?

  3. The Rabbit - Sep 27, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    I’m not sure that’s the right strategy, if he really wants a long term deal.
    He’s 26. I don’t think it’s old, but apparently it is if teams think a player “peaks” in his 20′s. The closer you get to age 30, the shorter the commitment from teams unless you are a “superstar”.
    However, commitment should be considered for Pelfrey if he wants a long term contract with the Mets.

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