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.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.