According to David Lennon of Newsday, Terry Collins starter Mike Pelfrey into his office on the morning of March 19th and delivered a not-so-subtle message that his his place on this team was in danger.
“This front office isn’t like the one you’ve had in years past. This kind of stuff isn’t good. They want answers.”
This happened the day after Pelfrey allowed eight runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Astros. Pelfrey told Lennon,
“It was my understanding that I didn’t have to compete for a job, that this was the time to work on stuff, my cutter, my circle changeup. Then when Terry talked to me, I was like, I better get some people out.”
It was right around that time that the 28-year-old Pelfrey had become a topic among the club’s decision-makers, who were kicking around the idea of releasing him before Opening Day to free up roughly $4 million, the non-guaranteed portion of his one-year, $5.7-million contract, writes Lennon.
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