No big surprise in either case, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets plan to non-tender both right-hander Mike Pelfrey and outfielder Andres Torres before Friday’s deadline for arbitration tenders.
Pelfrey was a no-brainer, as he missed nearly the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and was paid $5.785 million. The least he could receive via the arbitration process if tendered a contract is $4.6 million–a 20 percent pay cut–and that wouldn’t make any sense, but the Mets could re-sign him at a lower rate.
Torres made $2.7 million this year while hitting just .230 with a .664 OPS in 132 games after the Mets traded Angel Pagan to the Giants to get him. He may struggle to land a starting job for 2013, so the arbitration price tag would be too much.
According to Rubin the Mets also plan to non-tender reliever Manny Acosta.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.