Pelfrey Open To Extension With Mets

Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey is open to a contract extension with the club, writes Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.  The righthander will be under Mets control until 2014 but would like to remain in Queens for even longer.

"I would be interested," the 26-year-old said about the possibility of a contract extension. "They'd have to bring it up, but I'm sure we'll explore it. I'm definitely open to it."

Despite Pelfrey's interest, the Mets have not approached Pelfrey about an extension.  The hurler will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.  While Pelfrey seems to like the idea of signing a long-term deal which would buy out his remaining arbitration years and beyond, his agent Scott Boras probably feels differently.

Pelfrey's four-year, $5.25MM contract with New York expired prior to this season.  The righty is making just $500K for the 2010 season, his best to date.  Pelfrey has registered a 3.75 ERA with 5.1 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 31 starts.


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19 Comments on "Pelfrey Open To Extension With Mets"


YaGottaBelieve11
4 years 11 months ago

Of course he is open to an extension to the only team who will pay him like a #2 starter when he should be paid as a #4

4 years 11 months ago

We could do worse than Pelf … the way this team is set up he’d be the Mets’ #3 starter next year after Santana and Dickey. Niese has promise, but we need a real #2 on this team.

Edit: If in fact Santana will actually pitch next year.

4 years 11 months ago

pelfrey could become a big part of the mets rotation in the future. Hopefully this year is one of many similar for him.

myname_989
4 years 11 months ago

Too inconsistent to be paid like a number two starter. He should be in line for something closer to or a little less than Joe Blanton’s three year, 24MM deal.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Problem with this is that Joe Blanton is an awful pitcher and Pelfrey is an average pitcher.

AmericanMovieFan
4 years 11 months ago

3 years/$24MM ($10MM, $8MM, $6MM) w/ a 4th year option at $9MM. My reasoning for the contract structure is that he gets paid for his contributions this year, his average salary will be in line with what he deserves and the descending order will make him more affordable as time goes on. The $9MM club option would take it to 4/$33MM, averaging out to $8.25MM per season, which will be more than he’s worth on the open market but reasonable as a loyalty contract.

Just_MLB
4 years 11 months ago

i agree, but i think u should add incentives to bring up the annual salary and also add another year to the team option.

Sampsonite168
4 years 11 months ago

Would like to see then buy out his arbitration years but nothing further. And Boras doesn’t like to sign his clients to extensions that cover free agent years anyway so there’s no reason why that kind of deal can’t be worked out.

3 years/$20M should do it.

Sampsonite168
4 years 11 months ago

Would like to see then buy out his arbitration years but nothing further. And Boras doesn’t like to sign his clients to extensions that cover free agent years anyway so there’s no reason why that kind of deal can’t be worked out.

3 years/$20M should do it.

escapingNihilism
4 years 11 months ago

I think he’s another solid season away from this entering serious consideration

start_wearing_purple
4 years 11 months ago

Eh, Pelfrey’s WHIP and FIP indicate something that his ERA doesn’t. Not enough K’s and too many BB’s. If he wasn’t a pitcher of a team with a huge fan base then I doubt we’d even be talking about him. The fact is, there’s nothing I’ve seen about him to make me excited to keep him around. Sure he could turn it around, but the evidence isn’t there yet.

escapingNihilism
4 years 11 months ago

his BB/9 is better than average. the lack of strikeouts will keep him from ever being a frontline starter but you don’t need 7, 8 K/9 to be a good starting pitcher. he’s been between a 2 and 3 win pitcher this year, providing plenty of value if the price is right.

escapingNihilism
4 years 11 months ago

his BB/9 is better than average. the lack of strikeouts will keep him from ever being a frontline starter but you don’t need 7, 8 K/9 to be a good starting pitcher. he’s been between a 2 and 3 win pitcher this year, providing plenty of value if the price is right.

jmits90
4 years 11 months ago

Yea definitely his 3.8 fip is significantly higher than his 3.75 era

jmits90
4 years 11 months ago

Yea definitely his 3.8 fip is significantly higher than his 3.75 era

start_wearing_purple
4 years 11 months ago

Eh, Pelfrey’s WHIP and FIP indicate something that his ERA doesn’t. Not enough K’s and too many BB’s. If he wasn’t a pitcher of a team with a huge fan base then I doubt we’d even be talking about him. The fact is, there’s nothing I’ve seen about him to make me excited to keep him around. Sure he could turn it around, but the evidence isn’t there yet.

4 years 11 months ago

I believe pelfrey is one of the solutions to what ails the mets not one of the problems. As are reyes, wright. davis neise and pagan. Mets need to bide time and get rid of the contracts of krod, castillo, perez and beltran all of which are going to be in their final season next year. Also the mets need to get a matt garza type and for once have the prosepcts to deal. Gee, mejia would be a nice haul for the rays.

4 years 11 months ago

He’s hardly one of the problems, but that’s beside the point. We’ve seen enough of him — mediocre K rate, OK but not great BB rate, decent GB rate — to know that this is about as good as he’ll be, #4-5 starting pitcher material. But he’s young, has reasonable compensation, and a nice looking W-L record, which to me screams trade bait. Among all the Mets, he’s likely to bring in a better return in a (wise) trade than the value we can expect from him in the future.

4 years 10 months ago

As the #3 or #4 on the staff he is a very solid starter but the mets should still go out and get a Matt Garza or another good starter to help fill the rotation out…