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.


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