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The Mets considered releasing Mike Pelfrey

Mar 30, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

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A couple weeks ago our Matthew Pouliot suggested that maybe the Mets should just release Mike Pelfrey. I’m going to take this morning’s story from Andy Martino as evidence that the Mets brass reads HBT:

In a recent meeting that included the Mets’ executives and coaches, members of the front office suggested releasing Mike Pelfrey before Opening Day, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation. None of the uniformed staff was in favor of the idea, and it was downplayed.

How much of that was a financial decision — Pelfrey has a non-guaranteed contract if he were to be cut before Opening Day, which would have the Mets owe him only $1 million — and how much was an actual baseball decision is an interesting question.  Because baseball-wise, it doesn’t make a ton of sense to release him.

Why? Because it’s not like having Pelfrey around, even if he’s at his worst, will prevent the Mets from going to the playoffs.  And when you’re not contending it’s useful to have someone like him around. He could eat some innings. If he figures out how to pitch effectively again he could be trade bait.  Trading him now — which the Mets have considered — would be the ultimate sell-low move.  But releasing him would be a similar kind of thing too. “Release-low” maybe.

In any event, Pelfrey had a nice outing yesterday. And while I wouldn’t bet on him being a truly good pitcher this season, it’s not out of the question that he could be serviceable, and that’s worth taking a chance on.

  1. dondada10 - Mar 30, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    So who leaked this? My guess would be the Mets, themselves in an attempt to light a fire under Pelfrey.

  2. sportsdrenched.com - Mar 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    I love the term “innings eater”. Royals fans use that term a lot.

    • xmatt0926x - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Haha. You’re correct. It’s never good when your GM is using terms like “innings eater”. That’s right on par with “he’ll take the ball every 5th day”. How about “he’s a gamer”? These are among the many terms used in the offseason in baseball by uncompetitive teams who have to sign guys from the bottom of the barrel yet try to convince their skeptical fanbase that they are really trying to compete (when we know they can’t or just won’t). I feel for the fanbases of teams like the Royals or Pirates.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Don’t forget, “gritty”, “hard worker”, & “goes about his business the right way”

        Ambigious general adjectives are code word for “suck”.

  3. bigjimatch - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    my guess is that the business people wanted to release him for business reasins and the baseball people wanted to keep for baseball reasons and the baseball people won out… this time. hopefully it is a sign of things to come.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Camden Yards beckons.

    Like Ahab.

  5. chill1184 - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Releasing him now makes no sense thats not how Alderson is running things.

  6. drubeatz - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Pelfrey faced a minor league team yesterday. I’d say he’d be a 5th starter in triple A. Sounds serviceable to me. This team is a joke!

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