Mike Pelfrey recants his comments about the Twins trading him

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The Twins recently announced that Tommy Milone won the fifth spot in the starting rotation, which meant that Mike Pelfrey was the odd man out and was headed to the bullpen. That irked the 31-year-old, who told the media, “I think I showed them I can start. If [a trade] happens, great. Let’s go.”

Pelfrey took back those comments on Sunday. Per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Pelfrey admitted, “My emotions probably got the best of me.” He said he’d go to the bullpen and “figure this thing out.”

Pelfrey started only five games last season with poor results, eventually undergoing surgery on his right elbow. He has pitched well this spring, though, allowing four runs (two earned) on 15 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. Pelfrey is earning $5.5 million the second of a two-year, $11 million contract signed in December 2013.

Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo arrested in drug, money laundering investigation

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Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.

That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.

Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.

Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.