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  • Report: Twins to sign RHP Mike Pelfrey

    CBS Sports's Jon Heyman is reporting that the Twins have agreed to terms with RHP Mike Pelfrey. The 28-year-old pitcher made three starts in 2012 for the New York Mets before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery. The deal is reportedly for one year at $4 million with incentives up to $1.5 million more. Most likely the Twins will announce such a deal following completion of a physical.

    He is reported to be throwing well already, although it will be interesting to see how ready he is by spring training and by Opening Day.

    Pelfrey was the Mets first-round pick in 2005 out of Wichita State. He debuts with the team in 2006. He has made 149 starts (and four relief appearances) for the Mets in his career. He has a 50-54 record with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. In the four seasons prior to 2012, he pitched no less than 184 innings and twice topped the 200 inning mark.


    In his career, he has walked 3.2 batters per nine innings, but he has a career strikeout rate of just 5.1 per nine innings.



    You may recall, the Twins wanted him to be part of the Johan Santana trade, but he was deemed untouchable. .

    See... the Twins aren't against signing Scott Boras clients after all. I guess due to the fact that he's four years younger than Kevin Correia, this is a little bit better of a signing. What do you think?
    This article was originally published in blog: Report: Twins to sign RHP Mike Pelfrey started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. darin617's Avatar
      darin617 -
      What are the Twins doing signing a bunch of back end of the rotation guys?

      One last question, what does 5.1 K per nine innings in the NL translate to in the AL when you have to have a DH not a SP in the lineup?
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Assume he's bein signed to be traded in July as MN gets ready for KGibson/TMay this yr & Alex Meyer next yr.
      Hopefully get 15-20 starts out of him as Im sure MN will baby him in his rehab even tho there is no long term chance of him stayin.
      OK signing...nothing more
      Should have signed Scot Baker instead
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      I guess Terry wants to corner the market on #5 guys.
      But we all knew the team would do nothing, add nothing, spend nothing ..
      and wait to collect lux.tax revenue
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Another Jason Marquis/Kevin Correia type. I think this almost slams the door on getting Marcum or Jackson.
      Let's at least pursue some high end infielders with the money we have. Don't allow this be the end of our free agency!
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      So what do we have?
      Diamond
      Gibson
      Worley
      Correia
      Pelfrey
      Hendriks
      Hernandez

      Lots of assembly required...
    1. beehles's Avatar
      beehles -
      Another crap shoot signing. Would be nice to sign a guy you know is gonna be ready to contribute to success right away vs a shot in the dark middle rotation type. I hope this works out for Pelfrey and the Twins, but time will tell. Maybe luck will be on our side for a change and they actually strike gold with this one.
    1. Old Twins Cap's Avatar
      Old Twins Cap -
      Still just one comment showing up on the main page....
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      This is really an inspiring move.
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      The season will start about 10 months after his Tommy John, Gibson will be 18-19 months out and on an innings count. What do we expect out of Pelfrey?
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Gulp. Not even a year out of Tommy John when the season starts. So the twins still need 3 more starters. What? Correia counts? OK, then. 2 more starters, as i really can't see Pelfrey ready until a couple of months into the season. At least Ryan didn't sign him for 2 years!

      ............ and for what it is worth, the comments here still don't come up from the article links, except one.
    1. Einstein's Avatar
      Einstein -
      What's the point? Why even bother?
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Not bad. A decent upside / low risk type of move.
      I'll be this is the same deal the offered to Baker
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Really not sure what to say, other than I am not surprised this is the route they took.
    1. chagen's Avatar
      chagen -
      Does Terry Ryan even know what good pitching is? How many good free agent pitchers has this guy signed? Answer not many
    1. bertrecords's Avatar
      bertrecords -
      Why?
    1. Craig in MN's Avatar
      Craig in MN -
      Of all the free agent starters on the market, I think Pelfrey and Correia were the worst two that I expected Twins would be interested in. They go both of them, and not even all that cheaply. I really couldn't be more disappointed. With all the rest of the roster shaking out like it is, I think this increases the odds of Blackburn being in the rotation to start the season, so it's sort of a triple whammy. I hope Ryan has some money left to upgrade the defense behind them or I think this will get ugly. And the offense too, for that matter.

      Notable stats on Pelfry: Opponents have a .691 OPS against him at Citi Field and about .842 OPS everywhere else. If Target Field plays a lot like Citi Field, he might be a half of a good pitcher...for 2/3 of a year.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Really not sure what to say, other than I am not surprised this is the route they took.

      I wish I could say I was surprised
    1. lee_the_twins_fan's Avatar
      lee_the_twins_fan -
      I'm probably an eternal optimist, but I think this move could be OK. Pelfrey pitched great in 2010; yes, he had a down year in 2011, but his ERA was 2.29 in 2012, before the surgery. It'll be interesting to know how well he does in his recovery from the surgery.*
    1. JP3700's Avatar
      JP3700 -
      Pelfrey changed his approach in 2012. He started throwing more cutters and curveballs to go with his sinker. It led to a better swinging strike rate along with an improved strikeout/walk ratio. I know 20 innings is a small sample size, but at least there are approach based metrics that explain the improved results prior to Tommy John.

      I actually love this signing.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by JP3700 View Post
      Pelfrey changed his approach in 2012. He started throwing more cutters and curveballs to go with his sinker. It led to a better swinging strike rate along with an improved strikeout/walk ratio.
      Did it also lead to his TJ surgery?
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