Mets Should Consider Returning Pelfrey

Mike Pelfrey surfaced on the Mets’ radar yesterday when he showed up in St. Louis to participate in the team’s fantasy football draft. Pelfrey was shelved almost immediately and underwent Tommy John surgery,┬áMay 1.

PELFREY: What is to become of him? (AP)

Most likely, he’ll be non-tendered in December because he’s arbitration eligible and made $5.6875 million this season. The rules state players must make at least 80 percent of their previous year’s salary, but in reality rarely take a pay cut.

Should the Mets re-sign Pelfrey for a lower salary, Terry Collins said he’d consider him in the bullpen, which is not the first time the Mets have done so. Willie Randolph thought about it during the epic collapse of 2007.

I realize Pelfrey has fallen short of expectations, especially when now compared with Matt Harvey. However, the Mets’ rotation is precariously thin with Johan Santana and Dillon Gee coming off injuries – Harvey unproven, and not knowing what to expect from their minor league system.

Pitching is always at a premium and three years ago Pelfrey looked as if he was making a breakthrough. That potential could still be there. I’d rather that the chance on Pelfrey regaining that previous form than the Mets shopping in the dark in the discount aisle.

Because, after all, who doesn’t expect a rotation breakdown next year?


3 thoughts on “Mets Should Consider Returning Pelfrey

  1. I agree. Cut him and bring him back. I think he still has talent and there are questions about the rotation considering the injuries this year.

    However I am pleasantly surprised that Johan gave us the season he did including the no hitter.

    We have some good young pitchers knocking on the door and Harvey’s short stint is impressive.

    If BigPelf can pitch to his potential we can have a rotation of

    With Familia, Mejia, et al somewhere in the mix or even as trade to get a good young position player or two.

    Potentially this is a very strong rotation. And to think these are players who were mostly drafted and not FA signings.

  2. dave: There’s a high ceiling no doubt. But, realistically you can’t expect all the young pitchers to have breakout years at the same time. How often does it work that way? And, with Pelfrey – if he returns – and Santana coming off injuries, there’s no way to make a realistic projection. That’s why the Mets should be stockpiling as many pitchers as possible to prepare for what could happen.-JD

    • I don’t think it is too much of a stretch. Yes we have to see how Harvey reacts when the league adjusts to him. Wheeler is supposed to be better than Harvey. We will see how he pans out. The others on this list already have experience with the big question being Pelfrey.

      I did not even list Johan as I am looking 2 years out not next year. I don’t know what his ability to pitch will be or what the contract situation will be. I think if you look at the minors we have enough pitching to bring up one or two guys for spot relief/#5 in case of injuries.

      The key is Harvey and Wheeler doing what we think they will and Dickey not fading into obscurity. This renders Niese/Gee/Pelfrey/Johan/etc as footnotes.