In a post to Twitter, David Lennon of Newsday says, he “talked to a Mets person yesterday who suggested Mike Pelfrey’s days in Flushing might not be over yet.”
Michael Baron, Contributor
I know a lot of people have been down on Pelfrey, but there’s nothing to lose by non-tendering and then trying to bring him back on a minor league deal. Even though they seem to have some depth in the rotation, it makes sense to add Pelfrey to the equation. There is no guarantee Zack Wheeler will be ready, even though he appears to be close. Plus, the Mets don’t know what Johan Santana is capable of next season, and Dillon Gee is returning from an unusual injury as well. And, if the Mets chose to deal a starting pitcher to acquire a position player, they will no longer have that same depth. Bringing Pelfrey back would also allow him to continue and finish his rehab in a facility and with people he is familiar with, and the Mets could see how he progresses as he gets closer to being ready to pitch, which should be sometime in May.
Previous updates on Mike Pelfrey...
Contract: Pelfrey signed a one-year, $5.7 million contract with the Mets in January to avoid arbitration. He is eligible for arbitration this winter – per MLB rules, he cannot earn less than 80 percent of his previous salary through arbitration.
Stats: Pelfrey had a 2.29 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings in his three starts in April before an MRI revealed swelling in his right elbow. He underwent Tommy John Surgery on May 1, and his recovery is expected to take approximately 12 months.
Oct. 22: Mike Pelfrey will be non-tendered this winter, according to a ‘Mets source,’ Mike Puma says in the New York Post. However, he adds, the Mets would still like to sign Pelfrey to a lesser deal.
Oct 1: Terry Collins and Dan Warthen would like the front office to retain Mike Pelfrey next season, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.