"He deserves it," Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday (via The Star-Ledger). "He earned it. He should have been on the All-Star team last year."
Pelfrey, 27, was 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA last season.
On Tuesday, he signed a deal for nearly $4 million a year, avoiding arbitration.
The Mets start the season on April 1 in Florida, so he'll likely be opposite Josh Johnson in the first game of the season.
Collins also said the team is hoping to sign another left-handed reliever to go along with Taylor Tankersley. He also said the second base job is wide open, adding 23-year old Jordanny Valdespin as a candidate at second along with Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans