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Twins set to sign Mike Pelfrey for $4 million

Dec 16, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

Mike Pelfrey Getty Images’s Jon Heyman is reporting that the Twins and Mike Pelfrey have come to terms on a one-year deal worth $4 million.

The deal includes $1.5 million in incentives for the rehabbing right-hander.

The soon-to-be 29-year-old Pelfrey had a 2.29 ERA in three starts for the Mets last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He went 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA in 2010, but he slipped to 7-13 with a 4.74 ERA in 2011. The Mets non-tendered him earlier this month rather than pay him $5 million-$6 million in arbitration.

Once healthy, Pelfrey will join fellow National League imports Vance Worley and Kevin Correia in a rotation that has just one sure returnee in Scott Diamond. The Twins could also add one more veteran to compete with holdovers Nick Blackburn, Liam Hendriks and Cole De Vries for an opening.

The gamble on Pelfrey is interesting, considering that the Twins let the similarly positioned Scott Baker go to the Cubs in free agency earlier this winter. Baker, likewise rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, signed for $5.5 million, plus incentives. And unlike Pelfrey, Baker has already proven he can cut it in the AL. The Twins got burnt last year by Jason Marquis, who had no AL experience and was roasted to the turn of an 8.47 ERA in seven starts before earning his release.

  1. boyofzimmer - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Turrible!!! Bwahahahaha!!!

  2. dondada10 - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Good luck, Big Mike.

  3. butchhuskey - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Watching Mike Pelfrey pitch can be physically painful at times – the nervous ticks, the lack of mound presence, the hand licking…lots and lots of hand licking. I wish him the best in Minnesota but I won’t miss seeing him on the mound.

    • Old Gator - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      I think it’s hilarious that someone with a surname like “Husky” is put off by hand licking. It would be perfect if he lifted his leg during his windup, wouldn’t it?

      • bbk1000 - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        Yea but he has “Butch” before it……the hand licking was no issue with fans, just the less knowledgeable radio hosts….

  4. chill1184 - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Good luck Pelfrey

  5. giantssb42champs - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Caveat emptor.

  6. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    …and John Lannan signed for chump change in Philly?! I feel the ball was dropped on this one by the Twinkies.

    • azvikefan - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Yea, what’s new?

  7. Last Road Reviews - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Good place for Plefrey. He has the talent, but not sure he’s cut out for a market like NY where everything is over analyzed. As long as healthy I think he’ll have a good year

  8. cool10857 - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Pelfrey will always be a terrible pitcher.

    • toorude86 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      Now that they got a new stadium ownership is keeping payroll down so they can sell

  9. robertjamis - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    I’m glad he’s no longer in the Mets rotation. Pelf never got any better, nor developed a credible secondary plus offering, after Omar Minaya promoted him prematurely from the Mets (formerly) barren farm system.

    I’m surprised he got 4m coming off injury, since his only value is his ability to pitch a lot of mediocre innings.

  10. jssgriffi - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:23 AM


  11. mnjoemama - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    So a guy that sets a mets franchise record for 243 innings without a HR is garbage now? He also holds another met record for 3 complete games in a row. twins fans will take some hand licking for 4mil ….we Just need him to pitch past the 2nd inning!!!

    “And we’ll see ya tomorrow night” Kirby nation!

    • tsi431 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM


      Signed, every Met fan.

  12. fissels - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I think Mike will do better in the calmer environs of Minnesota. The guy has great stuff but he never seemed comfortable in New York.

  13. bbk1000 - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    I seem to remember Pelfrey trusting his fastball more and throwing harder last year then the prior years.

    On a short sample his era was down and he looked great……then he blew out his arm.

    I hope he comes back strong…

  14. privy1014 - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Did he start his career in the Twins system? I like Baker over Pelfrey so I don’t understand why the Twins went in this direction.

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