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Twins sound ready to dump Mike Pelfrey from rotation

May 1, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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Mike Pelfrey turned in another terrible start for the Twins today, allowing five runs in four innings against the Dodgers to drop to 0-3 with a 7.99 ERA on the season.

Pelfrey was also terrible for the Twins last season, going 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts, yet for some reason Minnesota felt the need to re-sign him and gave him a two-year contract worth $11 million.

And now, five starts into that deal, it sounds like they’re preparing to dump him from the rotation. Manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters after the game that the coaching staff will meet to discuss the options with Pelfrey, but Samuel Deduno is available to step into the rotation if needed and the Twins also have top prospect Alex Meyer waiting in the wings at Triple-A.

Re-signing Pelfrey struck me as a bad idea at the time and certainly looks even worse now, with a slight drop in velocity and horrendous control suggesting that he may not be at full strength physically in addition to simply not being all that good.

  1. doctorofsmuganomics - May 1, 2014 at 5:32 PM


    doesn’t have the same ring as lolmets, but it works all the same

    • happytwinsfan - May 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM


      • doctorofsmuganomics - May 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        I’ll have you know I’ve taken the Astros to the world series three straight seasons in mlb the show 13.

        I’ll await your apology.

      • happytwinsfan - May 1, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        If when you look in the mirror you see Brad Pitt, I am most certainly envious.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - May 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        do I get my pick of which brad pitt’s? Some Brad Pitt’s are better than others

        example: Am I seeing Brad Pitt in Se7en; or Brad Pitt in something recent.

        Still waiting on that apology by the way

      • happytwinsfan - May 1, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        the “Money Ball” Brad Pitt,

        I’m watching the 10th inning of the Twins Dodgers game as I type this and I know it’s just TV but it looks like the game is being played by actual human beings, not statistical abstractions.

        Any how gotta leave now. Gentle Man Joe singled and now Roy Hobbes Colabello is up, crap grounded out to shortstop.

        Still gotta go. What the hell is “mlb the show 13” BTW. I’m mostly involved in the data base back end of software programs and haven’t had much chance to pay attention to the consumer front end.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - May 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        never saw money ball. rate the bad pit on a scale of Ocean’s Eleven to The Counselor

        as for ” What the hell is “mlb the show 13″

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 1, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Just brutal. I think they need a new GM just for the Pelf and Hughes signings. It would be one thing if either guys was surprising with their ugly performance. But they are doing exactly what any smart person would expect them to do.

    • tved12 - May 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      The Pelfrey signing shocked me. He was terrible last year, absolutely awful. Let’s reward him with a 2 year deal! We’re rebuilding so we should definitely take up a rotation spot with this career awful pitcher instead of seeing what our prospects can do, right?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 1, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        for $3MM less than Ervin Santana.

      • Detroit Michael - May 1, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Ervin Santana is being paid $14.1M for one year plus cost a high draft pick. Mike Pelfrey is being paid $5.5M per year for two years. They aren’t very comparable signings.

        The problem was paying that much money for Pelfrey. The Twins saw signs in the second half of 2013 that he might be just slow to fully return from injury, but it was too much to pay for mediocrity at best.

    • happytwinsfan - May 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      The Pelfry signing was a mistake but the jury is still out on the Hughes signing. Hughes was good in his last start and had promising stretches in some of his previous ones. It seems like there’s a wall he needs to get over and we’ll see if he gets stuck or swings the other leg over.

      When you evaluate Ryan you also have to consider that he also traded for Meyer who is tearing it up at triple A and whom you might see soon. Colabello was a nice find and bringing back Kubel is turning out to be a success that many arm chair general managers laughed at. The Twins might sniff 500 this year followed by the addition of the glimmer twins. When that happens you’ll have to take your analytical powers elsewhere for gratification.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        As a Yankee fan I have waited for Hughes to scale that wall for years. If pitchers got points for 0-2 counts Hughes would be golden. However, that third strike has always eluded him. I couldn’t tell you how many times he was up 0-2, but 7 or 8 p[itches later the batter walks or rips a double or HR to RF. Now, the park might help some of those HR issues, but there are more issues than that.

        How long have the Twins been rebuilding now? The have a tendency to invest in mediocrity. Unless that changes, the fans will be left hoping to “sniff 500” year after year.

    • Detroit Michael - May 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      Phil Hughes has a 4.3 K/BB ratio so far, so no one can declare that signing a disaster yet.

  3. schke - May 1, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Many folks, like me, predicted this would happen. Yet, he was given a new 2 year deal over the winter and a spot in the rotation before Spring Training even started. If an idiot like me can see this sitting at home, why can’t the GM?

    It’s troubling.

  4. migoli - May 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    The player has to want to sign here! I just don’t get how people are so quick to just entirely dismiss that enormous part if the equation. Pelfrey signing was bad then and looks , somehow , worse now but just because Santana took the Atlanta offer doesn’t mean he accepts that same offer, or even slightly better from Minnesota.

  5. twinfan24 - May 1, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    I think most people were surprised when the Twins not only signed Pelfrey, but for 2 years. Seemed pretty unnecessary at the time to go 2 years, and seems worse now. I wasn’t a fan of the Hughes signing at the time, but was more in favor of that than Pelfrey. Hughes has at least shown flashes of solid pitching, and he wouldn’t be the first pitcher to get his head straight after getting out of New York.

  6. racksie - May 1, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    The most disappointing thing about this piece is that Aaron had to make the headline two words too long. And it stinks that if the Twins put Deduno in the rotation, they lose his value as the most valuable member of the bullpen for this Twins team: the long reliever. Because with their starters they need the long reliever every other day. In a good week.

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