Aaron Gleeman

Tigers sign Mike Pelfrey to two-year, $16 million deal

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Free agent right-hander Mike Pelfrey and the Tigers “have a deal in place,” according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it’s a two-year, $16 million deal.

Pelfrey spent the past three seasons in Minnesota, where he turned in two mediocre campaigns as a moderately effective back-of-the-rotation starter surrounding a season lost to injury. Overall he posted a 4.94 ERA in 64 starts for the Twins.

Pelfrey is 6-foot-7, 250 pounds, and throws hard, but because he’s basically a one-pitch pitcher he’s never missed many bats and averaged a measly 5.2 strikeouts per nine innings for the Twins. His control is also shaky, with 3.1 walks per nine innings, which means he’s constantly having to wriggle out of jams and racks up high pitch counts. His career record is 61-81 with a 4.52 ERA and he’s posted a sub-4.00 ERA once through age 31.

In other words: Twins fans are happy to hear he’s staying in the division with a rival team.