While R.A. Dickey dawdles over moving to Toronto, we’ll catch up on other things steaming on the hot stove.
For one, former Mets first-round pick Mike Pelfrey signed a one-year, $4M contract with the Minnesota Twins. This comes just days after the Twins sign fellow righthander Kevin Correia to a two-year, $10M deal. I know many Mets fans say “good riddance” to Big Pelf’s move to Minnesota, but with the imminent exit of Dickey, I have to wonder if it might’ve made sense to re-sign Pelfrey.
Yes, Pelfrey’s coming off Tommy John surgery, and though he’s slated to be ready by spring training, one never knows. But one year at $4M isn’t that expensive for someone who eats about 190 innings per year — look at what Joe Blanton just received, for example. The problem, of course, is that we fans could never look at Pelfrey as a back-end innings-eater — to us, he’ll forever be the eternal enigma, and a disappointment. Pelfrey should fit in well in Minnesota.
In other news, the Red Sox have signed shortstop Stephen Drew to a one-year, $9.5M contract. A good move for them, as it allows defensive whiz Jose Iglesias to develop at his own rate. It’s usually better for a kid to push himself into the starting lineup, than be pushed.
Also, a transaction that happened under the radar over the weekend: the Braves signed former Yankees infielder Ramiro Pena. Ho-hum, right? One would think so, but there’s this annoying hint in my subconscious suggesting otherwise. The slick-fielding 27-year-old isn’t much of a hitter, but he can ably play 2B, SS, 3B, and the outfield, and is a “heady” ballplayer with good fundies. In other words, a perfect fit for Atlanta’s organization, as we already does things “the Braves Way.” Why do I get the feeling that the half-dozen extra-base hits he swats next year are going to be game-winners against the Mets?
I think that’s it for the moment. Let me know if I missed anything.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.