Heyman: Yankees have checked in on Mike Pelfrey

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Via Jon Heyman: The Yankees have checked in on free agent right-hander Mike Pelfrey. The team is still looking for a number three-ish type starter even after re-signing Hiroki Kuroda. They’re going to hold a competition for the fifth spot in Spring Training.

Pelfrey, 29, had a 5.19 ERA (3.99 FIP) in 152.2 innings for the Twins in 2013, his first season following Tommy John surgery. At his best before elbow construction, he had a 3.66 ERA (3.82 FIP) in 204 innings for the Mets back in 2010. That’s probably his best case scenario. Pelfrey has the size (6-foot-7, 250 lbs.) and stuff (sinker averaged almost 93 mph this past season) that make you think he could be great, but he’s never lived up to the billing of being the ninth overall pick in the 2005 draft. No harm in checking in. Hopefully he’s nothing more than a backup plan.

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  • Slu

    Move along. Nothing to see here. Especially if he wants any guaranteed money or more than a year. This guy just isn’t very good.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    If they sign somebody like Pelfrey I’m sure it’ll be a minor league deal and the guy will battle with the likes of Phelps and Pineda for that final rotation spot.

  • Vincent Vega

    He’ll get a guaranteed deal from someone. A sub 4 FIP and durable innings eater is worth as much.

  • http://Riveraveblues Joe

    So we’re signing Phil Hughes brother?

    • Vincent Vega

      He’s Phil Hughes with half the home runs

      • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

        But twice the unpleasant licking!

        • RetroRob

          That disgusting habit alone means I don’t want to see him on the team!

  • Electric Nunez ll

    Always thought of him as the Mets’ counterpart to Phil Hughes, similar buildup with similar disappointing results.

    Ironic if they got him to essentially replace Phil in the rotation, doubly so since the two would end up swapping teams.

    • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

      Hughes and Joba.

      A Pelfrey and Heilman for new generation.

  • Dalek Jeter

    No thanks on the Big Pelf.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari



  • Jersey Joe

    Stay away. Very far away.

  • Dean

    Oh hell no

  • jimmy james

    I would also like to pass on this…NEXT!

  • D

    Why don’t the Yanks just re-sign Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia and go with them as the backend of the rotation to start 2014? It worked in 2011. Give Colon $8M (double his 2013 salary) and Garcia $1M. Phelps, Warren, Nuno, Banuelos, and Pineda could be the AAA rotation. Huff can be the swingman behind Robertson, a re-signed Logan, a re-signed Kelley, Betances, Cabral, and Clairborne or whoevever the last man in the pen is. If Garcia or Huff sucks just replace him with Phelps or Warren. If both suck replace them with Phelps and Warren.

    I think Colon could give the Yanks 27 starts, Garcia at least 15. ‘Say they get 27 out of Colon. Ok give one of the AAA guys the 3 to 5 starts he misses. If Garcia lasts only 15 starts, have one of the AAA starters take his job and/or trade for a starter. The Yanks are probably using at least eight starters in 2014 so I wouldn’t be surprised/shocked if Colon missed a few starts and Garcia only lasted through June.

    If Colon is a run worse on his ERA his ERA is still only 3.65. If he’s 1.5 runs worse his ERA is still only 4.15 which might do it with the offense the Yanks have now.

    Garcia’s 2013 ERA was bad – almost 5 – but he walked only 16 batters, hit only one batter, threw only one wild pitch, and didn’t balk in 71.2 IP, so he still has excellent control I doubt any of the AAA pitchers would have. He pitched for 83-win Baltimore and 96-win Atlanta so he doesn’t completely suck. A year and a mil is a total low risk high reward proposition.

  • Farewell Mo

    They need either Tanaka; Jimenez or Garza and I rank them in that order.

    Don’t love Garza or Jimenez but they need someone with top of the rotation potential since CC looks toasted and Kuroda maybe has 160-175 good innings in that arm plus who knows what out of Nova.

  • qwerty

    If I’m Pelfrey I sign with a nice west coast NL team and resurrect my career. Even if he makes it into the yankees’s rotation it’s a death sentence pitching in yankee stadium and the AL east.

  • Neil Callaghan

    Sign Tommy Hanson / Andrew Bailey if you’re prospecting. Upside potential as a A+ reliever for the pen, long range a rehab season with post season potential for a return as a starter/ long relief.