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Report: The Mets will tender contracts to Angel Pagan and Mike Pelfrey

Nov 15, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

Pelfrey Pagan AP

Angel Pagan and Mike Pelfrey were solid contributors for the Mets in 2010, but after regressing significantly this season, many wondered if one or both would be non-tendered this winter. According to Jon Heyman of, that won’t happen. The Mets will tender contracts to both players.

Pagan, 30, batted .262/.322/.372 with seven homers, 56 RBI, 32 stolen bases and a .694 OPS over 532 plate appearances this season while leading MLB center fielders with 10 errors. He is expected to make between $4-5 million in his final year of arbitration.

It’s unlikely Pagan is a long-term piece for the organization, but the Mets would probably struggle to find another center fielder at similar cost who can provide equal or better production next season. He also figures to be the leadoff man if Jose Reyes signs elsewhere this winter.

Pelfrey, who turns 28 in January, posted a 4.74 ERA and 105/65 over 193 2/3 innings this season. He is due between $5-6 million in his final year of arbitration.

Pelfrey is a pretty frustrating pitcher to watch most of the time and his numbers can fluctuate widely from year-to-year because he is regularly at the mercy of the defense behind him, but he has logged 184 1/3 innings in each of the last four seasons. That has value to the Mets, especially when you consider the uncertainty surrounding Johan Santana‘s shoulder and the weak market for free agent starters.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 15, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Really the Mets couldnt afford to do better and this isnt horrible just bad.

  2. henryd3rd - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:36 AM

    I’m so glad I read this bit of information. I guess I can now go off to work knowing that the Mets have offered those two contract offers.

  3. purnellmeagrejr - Nov 16, 2011 at 6:17 AM

    This is like making a down payment on a Yugo.

  4. bbk1000 - Nov 16, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Ahh, the icing on the cake. These two moves clearly will push the Mets over the top and bring a World Series title to Flushing.

    • cintiphil - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      Wait a second here. You guys are forgetting that J D Drew is still available. That may be the next move. Of course they will have to doll out Pujols dollars to get him, but that is not a problem.

  5. aronmantoo - Nov 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    I’d see what they were worth in trades, The Mets have replacemnts for both of these players

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