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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pouliot: Maybe the Mets should just release Mike Pelfrey

You give up right runs, baby, right runs
Should be sent down, should be sent down, down

Mike Pelfrey gave up right runs to the Astros (of all teams) on Sunday, taking his spring ERA to 14.90… Granted, it’s just 9 2/3 innings. But Pelfrey also had a 4.74 ERA last year that included a career-high home run rate and a career-low strikeout rate. He’s now pitched 4 1/2 seasons in the bigs with a 4.40 ERA, and instead of getting better, he appears to be getting worse.

So, maybe the Mets, who are pretty desperate for cash anyway, should just go ahead and cut him. In so doing, they’d recoup three-quarters of his $5.6875 million salary…

I don’t really expect the Mets to take that step. Only the cash-strapped Wilpons have anything to gain by it, and if they did release one of their more expensive players, they’d be even greater laughing stocks around the league.

The District Attorney Posted: March 18, 2012 at 09:45 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Banta Posted: March 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM (#4083952)
Pelfrey has his own tag? Now I'm totally jealous.
   2. frannyzoo Posted: March 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM (#4083955)
I never get the Repoz references, but get this one. That doesn't say much for my musical tastes, or ability to wash horrible 80s music* out of my brain.

*I acknowledge that this might be properly considered a redundancy.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM (#4083975)
If you can't make it there, you can't make it anywhere. Its up to you, New York, New York.
   4. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: March 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM (#4083977)
I have been blissfully avoiding most things Mets for the past few months, but I feel like it's time for me to start punishing myself again.

I'm guessing the rotation is following:

Santana
Dickey
Niese
Pelfrey
Gee

Who would they replace Pelfrey with if they cut him? None of Mejia/Familia/Harvey/Wheeler/someone else I'm either forgetting or not familiar with are particularly close to being ready, right? So they're not going to release Pelfrey, but who's first in line to step in when Santana gets hurt or Pelfrey and/or Gee are totally useless?

Watching Pelfrey pitch is truly painful, but, as the article points out, cutting him wouldn't really help anyone except the Wilpons. Let him pitch, hopefully he looks OK for the first couple months, then try to get some minor league depth for him.

Also, is Davis supposed to be ready for opening day? That would make the lineup the following:

Torres - CF
Duda - RF
Wright - 3B
Davis - 1B
Murphy -2B
Bay - Lf
Thole - C
Tejada - SS

Is that right? Maybe switch Duda and Murphy in the order, but those seem like they have to be the principals. It won't be the worst lineup in the league, but there are way too many spots in the lineup that will be providing no power whatsoever, and things could get ugly against LHPs.

If you moved this team to a different division, they might be able to win 80 games with health and a bit of luck. Fun times ahead.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: March 18, 2012 at 11:48 PM (#4083979)
who's first in line to step in when Santana gets hurt or Pelfrey and/or Gee are totally useless?


I'd guess Schwinden.
   6. The District Attorney Posted: March 18, 2012 at 11:51 PM (#4083981)
I never get the Repoz references, but get this one
Well...
   7. AJMcCringleberry Posted: March 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM (#4083986)
Yes, I say cut him. Of course I was saying they should've non-tendered him.
   8.     Hey Gurl Posted: March 19, 2012 at 01:03 AM (#4084004)
First bbtf intro to actually make me laugh out loud.

Also, until this thread I thought the original was by duran duran and that the execrable modern pile of #### was the black eyed peas. I always learn the weirdest things at this site.
   9. PreservedFish Posted: March 19, 2012 at 01:05 AM (#4084005)
I wonder if Pelfrey will ever get a chance in the bullpen. He was known to be a one-pitch pitcher even back in college, and it's a problem that he never surmounted.
   10. thetailor Posted: March 19, 2012 at 01:13 AM (#4084013)
That they didn't non-tender Pelfrey is an absolute joke. It's mismanagement bordering on fireable, and if it was Minaya instead of Alderson everyone would be railing about it. Look at the guys available this offseason, just a sampling, and through the letter J only:

Mark Buehrle CWS, Bruce Chen KC Aaron Cook COL * Ryan Dempster CHC * Justin Duchscherer OAK Zach Duke ARI * Jeff Francis KC Freddy Garcia NYY Jon Garland LAD Aaron Harang SD Rich Harden OAK Livan Hernandez WAS Edwin Jackson STL

Pelfrey is better than most of these guys, but honestly, how much? Jeff Francis just signed for $2M.
   11. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: March 19, 2012 at 01:20 AM (#4084015)
I've been rather surprised by how tame the reaction has been to the news about Wright having a torn muscle in his back. I know he's downplaying its seriousness, but a torn muscle sounds like something that could be problematic. Right?
   12. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: March 19, 2012 at 08:16 AM (#4084062)
who's first in line to step in when Santana gets hurt or Pelfrey and/or Gee are totally useless?


I'd guess Schwinden.


Probably Batista.
   13. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: March 19, 2012 at 08:17 AM (#4084063)
That they didn't non-tender Pelfrey is an absolute joke. It's mismanagement bordering on fireable, and if it was Minaya instead of Alderson everyone would be railing about it.


Pelfrey's 200 innings would be hard to replace for less money, even at 90 ERA+.
   14. bobm Posted: March 19, 2012 at 08:40 AM (#4084070)
Pelfrey's 200 innings would be not so hard to replace for less money, even at 90 78 ERA+.


FTFY
   15. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: March 19, 2012 at 08:44 AM (#4084071)
I never get the Repoz references, but get this one

Well...

I still think 'Flo Rida' sounds like it should be the name of a drain cleaner.
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 19, 2012 at 09:04 AM (#4084076)
Speaking of the Mets, I notice Kevin Mulvey is back.
   17. Lassus Posted: March 19, 2012 at 09:08 AM (#4084077)
Christ, there's no real point to cutting him at this point. Let him at least try and be the fifth starter if nothing else. Then just jam him into long relief if he tanks. I understand the reasoning behind wanting to cut him, but bizarrely enough it seems just too complicated and pointless.
   18. JE (Jason) Posted: March 19, 2012 at 09:28 AM (#4084084)
In Picard/Wilpon/Rakoff news, a settlement has been reached. Sandomir says it is for $162 million.

https://twitter.com/#!/RichSandomir/status/181733250073497601
   19. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: March 19, 2012 at 09:34 AM (#4084086)
Speaking of the Mets, I notice Kevin Mulvey is back.

Rhymes with a female body part.
   20. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: March 19, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4084091)
Pelfrey's 200 innings would be not so hard to replace for less money, even at 90 78 ERA+.


FTFY


ZIPS has him at 86.
   21. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: March 19, 2012 at 09:49 AM (#4084095)
In Picard/Wilpon/Rakoff news, a settlement has been reached. Sandomir says it is for $162 million.


Apparently they will pay nothing for 3 years. Probably means they will be able to hang onto the Mets. I'm disappointed that Picard didn't get more, but probably more disappointed that these hucksters get to hold onto the team.
   22. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 19, 2012 at 09:54 AM (#4084101)
Sure, Ollie Perez would pick up the phone if the Mets paid him $36 million to listen.
   23. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: March 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM (#4084119)
One of the central theses of Megdal's e-book is that there is no way Picard would settle. Whoops.
   24. thetailor Posted: March 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM (#4084146)
I know I'm a broken record on this, so I am sorry, but how the Mets couldn't "afford" to keep Reyes, yet throw ~$15M at Francisco, Rauch, Pelfrey, and Ramirez is beyond me.
   25. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: March 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4084152)
Reyes cost $91 million more than that.
   26. buddaley Posted: March 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4084495)
Plus, thetailor, the longest commitment to any of those 4 players is 2 years to Francisco. They would have had to commit to Reyes, about whom there are injury concerns, for at least 6 years, 5 of them during his 30s. Chances are his performance would decline just as the Mets would become competitive again and while they are paying him $22 million/year.

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