The Mets are reportedly going to non-tender their much maligned right handed pitcher, Mike Pelfrey. Big Pelf has been a paradigm of inconsistency as well as frustration. He has good stuff, but his anxiety is stuff of legend, whether it be balks, hand licking, or the 2 hours he pauses in between pitches.
Mike Puma tweeted yesterday morning that the Mets will non-tender Pelfrey because they don't want to pay a pitcher coming back from Tommy John surgery $6M. Puma later tweeted that the Mets will look to re-sign Pelf at a lower salary.
The Mets have no issue in letting Jose Reyes walk to the Marlins, but are looking to bring back a pitcher who has been a major disappointment makes no sense. If they are looking to fortify their staff with pitchers in case of injuries, Chris Young is a better option.
Pelfrey has become more John Maine like than John Maine, where he can't find the strike zone, and when he does, terrible things tend to happen.
Non-tendering Pelfrey is the right move, but electing to bring him back is the wrong move. Pelfrey's pitch counts are exceedingly high (see John Maine), and he approaches 100 pitches by the middle of the fourth inning. The Mets bullpen is abused every year, they don't need to add to that abuse.
As a Mets fan, I would prefer to see the Mets use young players from their farm system to fill any void that might occur due to injury. Johan Santana will be a question mark. Do we really want to answer that question with Mike Pelfrey?
All I can say is fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Don't be shamed Elvis, don't be shamed.
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