The Minnesota Twins brought in Mike Pelfrey to join their starting staff this season knowing that he was a free agent after this season. Pelfrey has not been extremely good all season long but recently things have begun to settle down for him. His numbers are looking better as is his stuff in general. It might not have seemed like it ten or more starts ago but the Twins really should re-sign him. Let me explain my thought process.
First of all the Twins are not going to be that team that is searching for a big name free agent pitcher to fill their starting staff. That means if they lose Pelfrey to free agency then they will have to fill that spot with a young pitcher that might not be fully ready or a free agent of what is seen as equal quality. Pelfrey isn’t pitching that badly right now and he isn’t going to make a ton of money either.
Over his last ten starts Pelfrey has lowered his ERA from 6.12 to 5.26. That still doesn’t seem very good but if you keep looking you see that his ERA has been 4.11 over that ten game span. Six of those starts went for six innings or more as well. This is a guy that could keep working on his stuff and really be a cheaper asset to the Twins next season. That is why I believe they should re-sign him.
He’ll probably not compete for the A.L. Cy-Young award but he can deliver a decent chance for the Twins to win day in and day out. Overall, considering the fact that he is showing the ability to improve his performance, the Twins would be risking too much not to try and sign him.