Mets inform Mike Pelfrey he has been non-tendered

Mike Pelfrey polaroidThe Mets have informed Mike Pelfrey he has been non-tendered and is now a free agent, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Pelfrey underwent Tommy John Surgery on May 1, but recently told Rubin he expects to be ready for Opening Day.

While Terry Collins said at the end of the year he could see Pelfrey as both a starter and reliever, Pelfrey told Rubin he wants to start, and he is not interested in returning as an “extra guy.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

Well, I guess Pelfrey’s future with the Mets could be dependent on what the team does with either Jon Niese and/or R.A. Dickey this winter. If the Mets trade one of them, then Pelfrey might be interested in returning. I expect him to shop around first and see where he might fit immediately as a member of a rotation, based on his remarks to Rubin tonight. But even though Pelfrey said he expects to be ready for Opening Day, that is still 11 months post-surgery, and recovery from Tommy John Surgery typically takes at least 12 months. I can’t imagine the Mets – or any team he signs with – would be aggressive with his rehab just to get him ready for Opening Day.