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Mike Pelfrey Signs a One Year Deal with Minnesota Twins

December 19th, 2012 at 7:08 AM
By Mike Phillips

The trade of R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays has opened up a hole in the team's starting rotation. That hole will not be filled by Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey, who was non-tendered last month, has signed a one year deal with the Minnesota Twins worth four million dollars, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports. Pelfrey, who was picked ninth overall by the Mets in the 2006 draft, went 0-0 with a 2.29 ERA in three starts last season before having to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the regular season. Pelfrey compiled a career record of 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA as a Met, largely failing to live up to his potential as a future ace in Flushing. Pelfrey struggled with his consistency in New York and largely folded under the pressure of being the de facto ace in 2011, going 7-13 with a 4.74 ERA. Pelfrey also ruffled some feathers in the clubhouse when he told reporters that it was "unrealistic" for the team to win after he had a rough outing in Arizona in 2011. The Mets non-tendered Pelfrey last month to avoid paying him a salary northwards of six million dollars via the arbitration process, and Pelfrey figured that he would come close to that figure on the starting market. The Twins stepped up to the plate, offering him four million dollars guaranteed and another two mill in incentives, on the hopes that Pelfrey will be ready to join the rotation on Opening Day. Pelfrey would join a Twins rotation that includes fellow signees Kevin Correia and Vance Worley as well as holdover Scott Diamond. 

'Mike Pelfrey' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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