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Mets likely to tender a contract to starter Mike Pelfrey

Sep 25, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey has registered an underwhelming 4.58 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 190 2/3 innings this season, failing in many ways to build on his breakout 2010 campaign.

But the arbitration-eligible starter is likely to be back in New York’s rotation next year anyway.

According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Mets are expected to tender Big Pelf a contract this winter even if it means paying him nearly $6 million. Not because they saw greatness in him this year, or because they’re certain that he’ll improve going forward, but because the market for starting pitching is ultra thin and the now cost-conscious Mets aren’t likely to make competitive bids for any of the few available arms.

Pelfrey earned $1.45 million in 2010 and $3.5 million in 2011. He’ll be entering his third year of arbitration.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 25, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    I don’t think Alderson saying, “Next year’s rotation is going to resemble this year’s” is any sort of guarantee that Pelfrey will be back. A rotation with Niese and Dickey and perhaps Gee would “resemble” this years.

    Pelfrey, along with Angel Pagan, are serious non-tender candidates. This is especially so considering that the Mets would like to re-sign Reyes.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Best way I know to tender a contract is to soak it overnight in papaya nectar, drain, then soak in milk for one day at room temperature. Drain, roll the contract in cheesecloth and work thoroughly with a kitchen mallet.

    You may then use the contract in any recipe calling for veal.

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 25, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      BAM!

    • Utley's Hair - Sep 25, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      Pelfrey has to be pretty tender himself after the beating he took today—at the hands of the suddenly potent Phightins lineup.

      • Old Gator - Sep 25, 2011 at 8:31 PM

        Well, Fiorentino has been pretty much saying lay back and let them exhale; it doesn’t matter till next weekend – a variation, one assumes, on “Let China sleep, for when she awakens the world will tremble.” They woke up – assuming this isn’t just an example of somnambulism in one of the extreme forms you’d find if Oliver Sacks wrote baseball articles – just in time to “build some momentum”™ for the playoffs, as if that had a dram of legitimacy to it anyway.

        As long as we’re on the subject, I still fully expect the Feelies to be in the World Series in a few weeks, and for Hunter Pence to win Series MVP despite the Curmudgeonly Undead’s pronouncement last night that the Brewers will survive the playoffs – love ya Jack but you were the guy who took the helm of your sad sack brigade and announced you were gonna make some noise in the division. Well, you did – “thud.”

      • Utley's Hair - Sep 25, 2011 at 10:43 PM

        Gator, I agreed with Chris—to a point. I started to worry when John Lannan shut them down, and then it just continued. They always have problems with that knucklehead Dickey, so that was kind of expected. But I also could see why others were fretting a bit after the Cards series, though the Gnats were playing for their spring invites, while the Phightins already clinched everything they could.

        Each starter had at least one hit, with most scoring at least a run or knocking in an RBI. That made me happy. But I do temper that with a hope that they continue to hit and score in bunches (they have busted out the whooping bat for a game or two in a row before, only to fall right back into that offensive rut). I want them to get that record for wins, or at least tie it.

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