Quiet Offseason For Todd Wellemeyer

It's been a quiet offseason for free agent pitcher Todd Wellemeyer.  The 31-year-old righty has surfaced in nary a rumor aside from a November 20th Brewers mention by SI's Jon Heyman.  Today, MLBTR learned that the Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Rockies expressed interest at various points.  Wellemeyer would prefer to continue starting.

Wellemeyer had a strong 2008 season for the Cardinals, posting a 3.71 ERA in 191.6 innings.  But even then there were a few warning signs.  His strikeout and walk rates were nothing special at 6.3 and 2.9 per nine.  He's a flyball pitcher, leading to 25 home runs in those 32 starts.  The biggest concern was the innings jump – Wellemeyer had spent most of his big league career as a reliever.

Wellemeyer agreed to a $4.05MM deal in his final year with the Cards.  2009 didn't go well – his elbow started hurting, his velocity and control slipped, and more flyballs left the yard.  He might have to accept a minor league deal for 2010 to redeem himself.


23 Responses to Quiet Offseason For Todd Wellemeyer Leave a Reply

  1. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    Don’t even THINK about it, Omar (and Co.)!

    • R_y_a_n 5 years ago

      With what they are doing this offseason, they don’t appear to be thinking much.

      • Infield Fly 5 years ago

        Noticed that too, did you? How should Mets fans despair? Let me count the ways…

    • guydavis 5 years ago

      For a minor league deal, I’d think about it. Fly ball pitcher in Citi Field?

      • Infield Fly 5 years ago

        What the Mets need isn’t another fly ball pitcher per sé. What they need is another pitcher who doesn’t suck, whatever his repertoire.

      • bleedrockiepurple 5 years ago

        How about a fly ball pitcher at Coors Field? but like you said i think a minor league deal might be something to thing about….would much prefer this guy than Gregg, and he would be much cheaper.

    • This was my first reaction too.

  2. raffish 5 years ago

    I wonder what the odds are that the Nationals finish ahead of the Mets.

    • Infield Fly 5 years ago

      At this moment I’d say they’re “a lock” to. But hey, maybe I’ll snap out of it.

      • guydavis 5 years ago

        a lock? you realise they lost 103 games last year? the mets lost 92 with a team of bench players.

        • Infield Fly 5 years ago

          Gettin’ a little too literal on me, chief! My comment was meant as a lighthearted reflection of my frustration with the Mets’ ‘improvements’ to the team this offseason; particularly the glaring needs that still go unaddressed. Just a little subtle humor.

  3. Aranathor 5 years ago

    He’ll probably end up in Milwaukee to be yet another pitcher-in-the-NL-Central-Who-Only-Pitches-Well-Against-The-Cards (PITNCWOPWATC for short). See: Jeff Suppan

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      Braden looper as well .. And it’s not against the cards.. It’s with

  4. bigpat 5 years ago

    I don’t see why teams wouldn’t want to take a chance on this guy. He probably won’t put up a season like 2008’s ever again, but still you can do worse at the back of your rotation or even the bullpen. I have no idea what’s going on at the back of the DBacks rotation, if them or any other team picks him up on a minor league deal, what is there to lose? A contending team doesn’t have Ian Kennedy in their rotation, see: New York Yankees.

    Also, he has a filthy slurve in MLB the Show, haha.

    • bjsguess 5 years ago

      Agree 100%. What’s the risk? He takes up a roster spot. If it doesn’t pan out he gets cut. The dollars will be low and if he can pitch in the 4.50-5.00 ERA range then he would be an upgrade for virtually any club in the #5 spot.

  5. rayking 5 years ago

    Watching him pitch in 2009 was unbearable. LaRussa had inexplicable loyalty to him as the 5th starter. Even his good outings in 2008 barely went 5 innings because he issues a lot of walks, so he probably is better suited to being a middle reliever. Actually, he is best suited to being in the minors.

    • Infield Fly 5 years ago

      I guess Wellemeyer is proof that some pitching miracles are even beyond the skills of the mighty Dave Duncan. Who’da thunk it?

  6. Holy_Roman_Emperor 5 years ago

    Wellemeyer did not show up at all for 2009. He was serviceable in 2008 and the last half of 2007 though.

  7. baseball52 5 years ago

    Come on Hendry! Give TWell a minor league deal!

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      Is hendri’s idea of a minor league deal 4 years and 60million?

    • tborcub1 5 years ago

      I do have an old Cubs wellemeyer jersey

  8. rockiesfan_303 5 years ago

    Give him a shot in Seattle eh? Huge expanses should help his ERA, he could be the fifth starter. Felix/Lee/RowlandSmith/Snell/Wellemeyer.

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