Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the New York Mets are looking to trade former ace of the rotation RHP Mike Pelfrey after an abysmal Spring Training so far that has left Pelfrey at 0-2 with an 11.49 ERA. He has left up 20 earned runs in 15.2 innings.
However, if Pelfrey is not traded he will not be released, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting a conflicting story is that the Mets are actively considering shopping Pelfrey, saying its more of a routine thing than serious consideration.
There have been high hopes for Pelfrey in the past but he has failed to live up to the complete hype that has surrounded him.
In 2011, Pelfrey finished 7-13 with a 4.74 ERA, although it was not entirely his fault. Pelfrey started the 2010 season on a complete tear. He was 10-2 until he reached July. Pelfrey would only go on to win five more games and lose seven more games before finishing 15-7 on the year with a 3.66 ERA.
The idea of the Mets trading Pelfrey may not be so bad for the team or Pelfrey. A fresh start could maybe get Pelfrey back on the right track and the Mets have a slew of young pitchers they would probably want to bring up soon.
Also taking Pelfrey’s thunder in the rotation was the surprise season of Dillon Gee last year. Gee posted a 13-6 record but could have controlled his 4.43 ERA a bit more. Gee is a real bright spot in the Mets rotation and will probably be called upon to do more this year.
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