Looks like Mike Pelfrey is going to have Tommy John surgery. And it’s entirely possible that his outing last week will be his last in a Mets uniform. According to MLBTradeRumors.com, injured players typically don’t get a pay cut in arbitration, which Pelfrey has one more year of. There’s no reason to pay Pelfrey almost $6 million to rehab. It’s more likely they’ll non-tender him, and then give him an incentive laden contract, if they bring him back at all.
I can’t say that I was a big fan of Mike, but this isn’t how any fan would want it to go down either. Especially not at the end of April. If I (and just about anybody else) had their druthers with this season, Pelfrey would have been traded at the deadline. This would give the team flexibility to bring back Chris Young as a stopgap until September call-ups, or to bring up Matt Harvey or Jeurys Familia. Now they have to find a stopgap until their stopgap is ready, and frankly, they don’t have the depth to do so. Miguel Batista, Jeremy Hefner, and Chris Schwinden aren’t the answers. But they’re what the team has going forward, and every fifth day will continue to be an adventure.