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.
The Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Brooks Pounders from the Indians for cash considerations, the teams reported Saturday. Despite his limited and varied major-league experience, Pounders has put up intriguing numbers at the Triple-A level and is expected to step into a not-insignificant role with the Mets’ relief corps.
Pounders, 28, signed a minor-league deal with the Indians last December and pitched to a healthy 2.31 ERA, 2.8 BB/8, and 11.8 SO/9 over his first 35 innings in Cleveland’s farm system. He hasn’t taken the mound in a major-league setting since 2018, however, when he appeared in 14 games with the Rockies and labored through a much more unsightly 7.63 ERA, 1.2 BB/9, and 10.0 SO/9 across 15 1/3 frames. Still, his peripherals are promising, and there’s no question the Mets could use some help bolstering a bullpen that currently ranks eighth-worst in the league with a collective 5.31 ERA and 0.2 fWAR.
In subsequent roster moves, fellow righty Tyler Bashlor was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse for the second time this season, while Héctor Santiago was designated for assignment, Tim Peterson was optioned to Triple-A, and Chris Flexen was recalled from Triple-A. It’s been a less-than-ideal campaign for Bashlor so far this year: through 13 relief appearances for the club, he lost control of a bloated 5.23 ERA, 5.4 BB/9, and 9.3 SO/9 in 11 2/3 innings and had not been utilized in a game since June 2.