Mets Notes: Pelfrey, Nitkowski, Ownership

Yesterday, MLBPA leader Michael Weiner put his support behind Mets owner Fred Wilpon and family, saying that the group is committed to winning.  Here's more on the club's financial situation and other news out of Queens..

  • If Mike Pelfrey is hoping to ever to sign a significant long-term deal, he is going to need to show that he can pitch more consistently than he has in the past with the Mets, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  The right-hander posted a 3.66 ERA with 3.0 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9 in 2010 but turned in a 4.74 ERA in 2011 with 4.9 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 last season.  Pelfrey will be eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.
  • C.J. Nitkowski threw a bullpen session with the Mets on Thursday and Sherman tweets that it went well.  However, the two sides will have to reach agreement on how much he will make on the major league side of a deal and the Mets will have to find a spot for him in Triple-A if he needs to begin there (Twitter link).  The left-hander last appeared in the majors in 2005.
  • In a hearing this afternoon it was announced that they will begin seating a nine-person jury in the $386MM lawsuit against Mets owners on March 19, writes Adam Rubin of  Rubin (via Twitter) notes that this means that a verdict in the case could come down right around Opening Day.

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