Mets Would Like To Trade Mike Pelfrey

11:34am: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York got the sense from a team official that Pelfrey's availability is more of a routine thing than serious consideration of moving him (Twitter link).

11:05am: Mike Pelfrey has struggled through Spring Training so far, and Jon Heyman of reports that the Mets would like to trade the right-hander. A rival executive told Heyman that the "best thing for him might be to get out of New York."

Pelfrey, 28, has allowed 20 hits and 16 runs in 9 2/3 innings with more walks (six) than strikeouts (four) this spring, though the team doesn't appear to be considering releasing him. The Boras client will earn $5.675MM this season, though the Mets would only have to pay him a portion of his salary if they release him before Opening Day. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2008, Pelfrey has pitched to a 4.27 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 while throwing at least 180 innings in each season. He is under team control as an arbitration-eligible player in 2013 before qualifying for free agency.

33 Responses to Mets Would Like To Trade Mike Pelfrey Leave a Reply

  1. bigpat 3 years ago

    And people say spring training is meaningless…

    I know that isn’t the sole reason why they’d be looking to get rid of him, but at best he is a league average pitcher and I guess they’d rather not allocate 5.5M to a guy who can be their 4th best pitcher.

    • YaGottaBelieve11 3 years ago

      I don’t even think the money is a factor anymore, the Mets just can’t continue to run this guy out there for all parties sake; Pelf, the organization, and the fans.

      • MetsMagic 3 years ago

        Seriously. I’m no Pelf fan but I’d rather see him succeed somewhere else than languish here. 

  2. icedrake523 3 years ago

    To quote J.P. Ricciardi, “Who wants you?”

    • Runtime 3 years ago

      I always wondered what happened to the Mets…

      Thankfully… you just reminded me.

  3. mookie_and_doc 3 years ago

    Wait until I say.  Maybe he can recoup some value in the 1st half.

  4. To who? The Nippon Ham Fighters? Come on now nobody wanted him in the first place and now that hes been smacked around this spring why would anyones minds change?

  5. mookie_and_doc 3 years ago

    *Wait until July

  6. MetsMagic 3 years ago

    I don’t know what they could get in a trade for him, but some team may need a back end guy and if they have pitchers coming back from injury, he’s not a bad choice given his durability. 

    Releasing him would be a mistake, because you don’t get squat back in return. If all you can get is a hard throwing Elvin Ramirez type relief prospect, it’s better than nothing. I do wonder who they would let take his place in the rotation. Who’s unsigned? 

  7. rizdak 3 years ago

    The Padres will take him for an AA and A player if the Mets throw in cash

  8. You are optimistic that he is their fourth best pitcher.

  9. YaGottaBelieve11 3 years ago

    Colorado was interested in him this offseason, they want an innings eater on
    The back end. Doesn’t matter what the Mets get back just get him out of town and sign someone else to pitch horribly in his place that the fans at least don’t hate already.

  10.  Mets fans wanted him gone since the 2010 offseason. I have no idea why the front office wanted him back this season. And please, I don’t want to hear the 200+ innings excuse.

    Personally, I have vowed to not watch a single Pelfrey start in 2012 (including Spring Training games). I can’t take watching him pitch in a Met uniform any longer.

  11. Madraider 3 years ago

     The Red Sox would’ve loved to have gotten 180 innings from number 4 with 5k per nine last season and I think if they can get an innings eater for next to nothing, they should jump on it.

    • Joveoak 3 years ago

      If the Red Sox can throw something they don’t need that’s about the same value as Pelfrey’s contract, I’m pretty sure the Mets will jump on that offer.

      Even if that offer is just baseball equipment and tickets to Fenway Park.  :p

  12. Runtime 3 years ago

    I don’t really follow the NL too much…

    but judging from his stats (Specifically the regression last season)…  In Toronto, we’d call this guy Brett Cecil

    • YaGottaBelieve11 3 years ago

      What kind of stuff does Cecil have? Does he throw it 94? That’s what makes Pelf so frustrating.. He has tools to succeed, he just can not seem to figure it out here in NY

      • Runtime 3 years ago

        He used to… For some reason his velocity vanished last year.

  13. Pelfrey for Abreu straight up… done!

  14. They would also like to win the Division but neither of those are happening. 

  15. annamaria10 3 years ago

    Isn’t this just Jon promoting Scott Boras clients again?

  16. How about the Orioles trading Jason Hammel for Pelfrey?

  17. “Mets would like to trade Pelfrey”.  I bet they would!  I’m sure they’d like to trade Santana and Bay also.  Good luck wit dat.  

  18. SadMetFan 3 years ago

    Santana last year was about as valuable as Pelfrey. The last start of last year summed it up great. It took him 64 pitches to get through 3 innings and gave up 9 hits and 5 runs. I would trade him for bag of baseballs at this point.

  19. bigpat 3 years ago

    I’m sure the Orioles would be in on him, for what it’s worth. 

  20. goredsgo 3 years ago

    A rival executive told Heyman that the “best thing for him might be to get out of New York.” i think that would go for every player on the mets as well

  21. LUWahooNatFan 3 years ago

    For what, a bag of balls?

    • Joveoak 3 years ago

      If the Nats can throw their worst prospect, why not?

  22. Guest 3 years ago

    Breaking news:

    Mike Pelfrey of the New York Mets has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for every start by Pelfrey to be blacked out in the Mets clubhouse and facilities.

    In addition, the mets have sent to Baltimore a thank you card, along with a $1000 giftcard to wegmans food market.

    • alphakira 3 years ago

       I have no idea what a “Wegmans” is, but if we had one up here I bet they’d do it.

  23. MetMaven 3 years ago

    Had his chances but never capitalized…drop him off at La Guardia and move on.  What the Mets need is someone Biblical like Lin or Tebow.  Any evangelical starters available?

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