With the Twins not even interested in Mike Pelfrey at the start of the offseason, you had to believe the 32-year-old's time was about up. But then the Tigers inexplicably handed him a two-year, $16-million deal, which means he's all but assured a rotation spot. He did manage to impress over his first 11 starts last year, compiling a 2.28 ERA. From then on, though, he was back to his ever-hittable ways. He doesn't miss bats in an era when missing bats has never been easier, and he has allowed a .300 batting average or better in four straight seasons. You wouldn't wish him on your worst enemy, so please don't wish him on yourself late in an AL-only draft.
Following up on an earlier report, Pelfrey will sign a two-year, $16 million deal with the Tigers pending a physical, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Pelfrey should provide help for the Tigers' back-end of their starting rotation, but he struggled in 2015 with the Twins, putting together a 4.26 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 164.2 innings. While his 86:45 K:BB this season took a tumble from his previous career marks, Pelfrey's sinker/fastball velocity was the highest it's been since 2012, so there certainly is some reason for optimism. He'll likely warrant some consideration in AL-only leagues, but he isn't expected to produce big numbers with the Tigers.
Pelfrey is nearing a deal with the Tigers, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. There's been some conflicting reports regarding the length of the contract, but it appears as if the Tigers will add another starting pitcher to the rotation just four days after signing Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million contract. Pelfrey hasn't been particularly effective in recent years (4.94 ERA combined in last three years), but he should slot in as a quality No. 5 starter capable of eating some innings for the Tigers.
Twins starter Mike Pelfrey looked good allowing just one run on six hits, he did not walk a batter, and struck out seven over five innings, but was left with a no-decision against Detroit on Friday night. The model of inconsistency this season, Pelfrey has been on a roller coaster. This one was near the top of the run, but his 4.09 ERA underscores the number of outings he has struggled in. He clearly has the ability to put together some quality innings, but he needs to be more reliable if he is to ever be a fantasy asset.
Twins starter Mike Pelfrey(6-10) gave up nine hits and four earned runs in six-plus innings in a 5-2 loss to the Angels on Saturday. He also struck out a batter. Pelfrey has now surrendered 12 earned runs in 15.1 September innings for a robust 7.04 ERA. The veteran right-hander also gave up a homer for the third consecutive start after not allowing a ball to leave the park in seven straight appearances between July 28 and Aug. 29. Pelfrey has had an up-and-down year, twice surrendering eight earned runs in a start and yielding seven in another, but also holding opposing batters to only one in nine other trips to the mound. His inconsistencies aside, Pelfrey figures to be counted on for two more starts in the final critical stretch of the Twins' playoff push.
Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey will start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader with the Angels, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. As expected, Pelfrey will move back to Saturday after Friday's game was rained out, but the Twins will flip-flop Pelfrey and Kyle Gibson and start Gibson in Game 1.