Mike Pelfrey gets second life after Santana suspension
The Minnesota Twins rarely spend money on outside free agents, preferring to grow their farm system and re-sign their own guys. They made two deals in the last two years that are coming back to bite them now. Signing Ricky Nolasco before the start of last season to a $50 million contract, and providing the Twins with a 6-12 record and a large 5.38 ERA for that money.
Before the start of this season the Twins went out and signed Ervin Santana to a four-year $55 million contract, only to find out three days before the season he has been suspended 80 games for testing positive or PEDs. This crushes the hopes of the small-market Twins and will surely impact future deals.
On the bright side for Minnesota is the depth in their pitching rotation. Santana’s suspension opens the door for veteran 31 year-old right hander Mike Pelfrey. The former Met owns a 55-70 record with a 4.56 ERA throughout his nine-year career. His numbers will not jump off the page at you, but he gives the Twins a veteran presence in the clubhouse. He has also been performing very well this spring, owning a 1.15 ERA in 16 innings.
I’m not saying Pelfrey will give the Twins a better chance to win as a member of the rotation, but if he performs well to start the season, he gives the Twins the upper-hand in trade conversations. Pelfrey is in the final year of his two-year $11 million contract he signed before the 2014 season, making that expiring contract and Pelfrey a hot commodity come trade deadline time.
Dan Schalk is the head writer for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk