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Monday, December 17, 2012

Mike Pelfrey signs with Twins

Right-hander Mike Pelfrey has agreed to a one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins with a base salary of $4 million and the potential to earn another $1.5 million in incentives, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com.

The deal is pending a physical.

...Despite typically facing a one-year recovery time from the ligament-replacement surgery, Pelfrey, 28, recently expressed confidence he would be ready for a normal workload during spring training. He already has been facing batters at his former college program, Wichita State University.

“I’m on track for Jan. 15. So everything is going well,” Pelfrey said. “Tim Hudson came back in seven months (from Tommy John surgery). Joba Chamberlain last year came back in eight before he broke his ankle. And I’ll be about eight and a half or so. I’ll definitely be ready when spring training rolls around.”

Thanks to Barnald.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2012 at 03:02 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: December 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4326632)
Mike Pelfrey's a guy who looks like he's really inconsistent but in reality, he isn't. He always puts up mediocre k/9 and k/bb ratios with good to average HR/9. The Twins are probably the perfect team to get the most out of his talents and I think he could do quite well. I wonder if they'll get him to cut down on the walks. I was always waiting for Mike to get done to around 2 bb/9 but he was never really able to do so.

He was mostly a disappointment for the Mets but he did his best and was a good guy to root for. Good luck to him.
   2. andrewberg Posted: December 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM (#4326684)
I am a little concerned that the Twins defense can no longer support the glut of low-K starters that they are targeting to temporarily fill out the rotation. I know the team is reputed to have sound fundamentals, but there will be very few good defenders and no excellent ones in the everyday lineup next year.
   3. Gamingboy Posted: December 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM (#4326712)
Look out, Tigers!
   4. Cris E Posted: December 17, 2012 at 01:39 PM (#4326794)
#2 I was going to post the same thing. The outfield next year is going to be nothing less than horrible in the corners, and the middle infield won't be good even if they give up on asking the guys to hit.

I think Pelfrey is a better signing than Correa (he said, damning with faint praise) but it would seem Ryan has looked at the fielding problem and the resolved whole "young pitchers need good defense to boost their confidence" meme by getting rid of the young pitchers rather than improving the defenders. This entire no-K rotation needs a better defense than they'll get.
   5. DL from MN Posted: December 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4326911)
Pelfrey is a better signing mainly because it's only for one year. I really wish they would have spent the money on good pitchers rather than spending it on veteran pitchers.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2012 at 03:12 PM (#4326927)
Crappy pitcher signs with crappy team. Film at eleven.

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