Mets will tender contracts to Pelfrey, Pagan

SI.com’s Jon Heyman said on Twitter, ‘The Mets WILL tender contracts to Angel Pagan and Mike Pelfrey.

Last week, Heyman said the Mets were planning to tender Pagan a contract before the December 12 deadline; also Anthony DiComo of MLB.com said yesterday that Scott Boras, the agent for Pelfrey, expects the Mets to tender his client a contract this winter as well.

“Despite organizational dissatisfaction with Pagan, insiders suggest the Mets have concluded they probably will not be able to find another center fielder who can produce at a capable level for a lesser cost,” Adam Rubin said in a post to ESPN New York, which also features detailed quotes from Alderson on Pagan from today’s GM Meetings in Milwaukee.

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Matthew Cerrone (Posted on Nov. 15, 2011, at 7:50 pm): The word around the team is that Pagan and Pelfrey will be tendered deals, assuming neither player is traded before the Dec. 12 deadline to offer arbitration. And, at that point, even if they aren’t traded, they could be after being tendered deals – especially in the case of Pagan. This is why I think most reporters are caging their language.

Also, from what I can gather, what Rubin is alluding to (when he talks of the team’s dissatisfaction with Pagan) is a lack of concentration, which is surprising for me to hear. But, more than one person close to the team has told me of how Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson were both frustrated with Angel on a few occasions last year, specifically when he missed time due to ‘dehydration.’ Contractually, Angel will likely earn $5 million in arbitration next year, before being eligible for free agency. And so, I suspect the Mets feel he can be traded for, say, a bullpen arm, then they can sign a stop-gap center fielder for less than he would have earned.

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Michael Baron: If the Mets are to spend upwards of $6 million on a middle-of-the-rotation starting pitcher, which they will through the arbitration process with Pelfrey, I would like them to maximize the value of those dollars; and I’m not sure Pelfrey will provide the biggest bang for that buck. Having said that, the team clearly values a pitcher who can give them innings (regardless of the quality); and with Pelfrey, there is certainly the upside that could come with those innings. He’s been in the league six seasons, though, and so I question whether or not that will happen at this point.