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Report: Sandy Alderson nixed talk of Mike Pelfrey becoming Mets’ closer in 2012

Aug 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that manager Terry Collins recently asked Mike Pelfrey if he’d be willing to serve as the Mets’ closer next season and the 27-year-old right-hander agreed, but general manager Sandy Alderson shot down the idea before it gained much traction.

Collins declined to discuss the situation and Martino writes that a move to the bullpen “almost certainly will not happen,” but the fact that it was discussed is interesting given Pelfrey’s struggles this season.

On the surface Pelfrey has declined sharply, going from 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA last season to 6-10 with a 4.61 ERA this year, but his strikeout and walks rates remain nearly identical. The big difference has been serving up 19 homers in 154 innings after allowing a total of just 12 homers in 204 innings last season.

New York’s bullpen needs plenty of help for 2012 and beyond, but the Mets aren’t exactly overflowing with rotation depth either and Pelfrey’s complete lack of experience as a reliever means he’s no sure thing to thrive in the bullpen anyway. Moving him from a 200-inning role to a 70-inning role doesn’t make a ton of sense.

  1. Kevin S. - Aug 22, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    And this is why Sandy Alderson is the first glimpse of light way down at the end of the tunnel for New York. Glad they’re not wasting a quality starter like that because of reactionism while playing out the string in a lost season.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM

      Good point Kevin. Starters are more valuable than closers.

    • missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Aug 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      Quality?

      • Kevin S. - Aug 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

        Points for trying to work in a PB reference, but Pelfrey is a quality starter. People quite often dismiss the value of a league-average player, but since becoming a full-time starter in ’08, Pelfrey’s been more or less a league-average starter giving the team close to 200 innings/year. For a cost controlled player, that’s valuable, and a good chunk of that value would be destroyed by making him a one-inning reliever.

      • Charles Gates - Aug 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

        “Quality Starter.” EVERY starter is a quality starter. Some are just of bad quality, some are of average quality and some are of superior quality.

        Sorry, Quirks Of The English Language Police.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        Actually not true when used as an adjective.

        http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quality?show=1&t=1314034289

  2. aronmantoo - Aug 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    I really don’t think Mike has the mind set to be a closer, for one thing a closer has to have confidence in himself. I don’t believe mike does

    • Charles Gates - Aug 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      Agreed. Starters aren’t confident beings by their very nature.

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