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New York Yankees “Check in” on Former Mets, Twins Pitcher Mike Pelfrey: Report

December 9th, 2013 at 12:48 AM
By Doug Rush

The New York Yankees rotation took a little more shape this past week when Hiroki Kuroda re-signed with the team on a one-year deal worth $16 million; keeping him in the Bronx for at least one more season.

So now with Kuroda, CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova, the Yankees rotation is 60 percent completed and will look to add two more pitchers to the unit; one of which has experience pitching in New York.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN has reported that the Yankees have checked in on former New York Mets and Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey for their fifth rotiation spot.

"#yankees have checked in on mike pelfrey. #BIGPELF," he tweeted.

The 29-year-old is coming off a down season where he has a 5-13 record with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts for the Twins with 101 strikeouts and 152.2 innings; his first season in the American League after spending his first seven seasons with the Mets.

Pelfrey's best season with the Mets came back in 2010 where he had a 15-9 record with a 3.66 ERA in 34 starts and had 113 strikeouts in 204.1 innings, but had a down year in 2011 when he had a 7-13 record with a 4.74 ERA  and logged 193.2 innings in 33 starts.

While the Yankees might be looking at other starters like Masahiro Tanaka, Matt Garza and Bronson Arroyo, Pelfrey would likely not cost as much as some of the other free agents on the market and while he might give up a frequent amount of hits and runs, he will still log in 200 innings; which is something the Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman is looking for.

The Yankees could look to Michael Pineda, Vidal Nuno, David Phelps and Adam Warren for the fifth spot for the rotation, but the Yankees are exploring all current options for a rotation that saw Phil Hughes depart to the Minnesota Twins and Andy Pettitte retire after the 2013 season.

If Pelfrey doesn't draw strong interest from around the league, the Yankees could always sign Pelftry to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training and see if he can re-gain some of the form he had with the Mets before running into injury issues in 2012.

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Tags: Baseball, Mike Pelfrey, Minnesota Twins, MLB, New York, New York Mets, New York Yankees

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