Mike Pelfrey‘s disastrous Spring has not gone unnoticed by Mets fans and apparently New York’s front office has not exactly been blind to the 28-year-old’s struggles either. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, “The Mets would like to trade Mike Pelfrey, sources say.”
Sources suggest the Mets aren’t enamored with Pelfrey’s salary (no surprise there, as he makes $5.6875 million) or his body language. “He gives off a deer-in-the-headlights look,” one A.L. scout said.
The Mets could release Pelfrey and be responsible for only one-fourth his salary, but that doesn’t seem especially likely, either. Pelfrey, 28, has allowed 20 hits in 9 2/3 this spring, which isn’t easy to do.”
Trade Big Pelf???? Ummm, o.k.! However, as Heyman points out, he won’t exactly be a hot commodity for other teams and New York isn’t exactly flush with options to fill the innings void his departure would create.
One other issue with trading Pelfrey is that the Mets don’t have depth among starters. Veteran Miguel Batista is their sixth starter right now. Top prospect Matt Harvey, like Pelfrey a former No. 1 pick, was very impressive this spring, with all shutout innings, before being sent out. Harvey, though, had a 3.32 ERA in Double-A last year so he didn’t quite dominate that level.”
With regards to Batista (who was 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four September starts for the Mets) or some of the teams younger prospects like Harvey and Jeurys Familia, the question to me is simple. How much worse can these guys be than Pelfrey? Yes they will struggle from time to time, but if the franchises best coaches are in the bigs then a year of learning on the job at the highest level could be valuable. I honestly don’t think Sandy will move Pelfrey, but he has come in and cut all the dead weight up to this point, so while I’d be surprised, I wouldn’t rule it out either.
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