#mets would like to trade pelfrey. Tough market. But rival exec says, “best thing for him might be to get out of new york.”
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 24, 2012
As I have mentioned a few times, the Mets are not bound to Pelfrey’s salary YET. While I am still unsure of the deadline for Pelfrey in terms of his contract becoming guaranteed, what I do know is that IF the rumor above is true Pelfrey may not be around to find out.
Obviously I am not foolish enough to think that the Mets would get any return for Pelfrey. Is it possible that a team like the Tigers might throw him in the mix for the #5 spot? Sure. However, I am sure they are well aware that the Mets may release Pelfrey and why trade a prospect and have to pay him the cash. Could the Mets work out a deal where they send Pelfrey and cash to the Tigers in return for a prospect? Why would the Tigers do that? Maybe if they wanted to make sure they got him instead of allowing him free choice if the Mets released him.
Ultimately what I could see happening is the Mets shopping him around this week and if there is no one willing to offer a prospect in return, just giving him his release and saving cash to boot. So who takes his spot? For now I would expect one of the swing guys. However, there could be a guy like Garland available due to the new CBA rules.
Honestly I can’t see the Mets moving forward with Pelfrey looking like he has and owe him the amount he is owed. Should be an interesting week.