Found December 20, 2012 on
Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS Mike Pelfrey, the newest Minnesota Twins pitcher, is coming off Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He's also switching to the American League for the first time after seven years in the National League.
Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan doesn't think either of those will limit Pelfrey from being a key member of the team's starting rotation in 2013. The Twins officially announced they signed Pelfrey on Thursday, inking the right-hander to a one-year, 4 million contract.
"He's got the size. He's got pitches. He's got to have velocity," Ryan said. "He's in the prime of his career and we're hoping a change of scenery will do him some good. We certainly think the ballpark is conducive to who he is."
Pelfrey, 28, pitched in just three games last season with the Mets before having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in early May. Ryan said Pelfrey will participate in spring training and should be able to start the season in the starting rotation.
In his last full season in the majors in 2011, Pelfrey was 7-13 with a 4.74 ERA in 34 games. Perhaps his best season came in 2010, when he was 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA and logged a career-high 204 innings. That year, he struck 113 batters and walked 68.
With the addition of Pelfrey, the Twins now appear to have four of their five spots solidified in the 2013 rotation. Pelfrey will join left-hander Scott Diamond and right-handers Vance Worley and Kevin Correia. Worley was acquired via trade with Philadelphia on Dec. 6, and Correia was signed as a free agent last week.
Pelfrey and Correia spent a combined 17 seasons in the National League and will both be pitching in the American League for the first times in their careers. Of course, they'll have to adjust to the addition of the designated hitter, but Ryan doesn't expect any issues with those two switching leagues.
"It's more difficult to pitch in the American League with the DH," Ryan said. "These guys are both veteran guys. I would guess and hope that they are veteran enough to realize that it's different in this league. I'm not too concerned about that. Obviously it's a transition, but it's something they'll have to adjust to."
As for the fifth spot in the rotation, Ryan said the Twins will continue to look, but added "it could go either way," meaning they might sign another starter or go with an in-house candidate. Prospect Kyle Gibson, who like Pelfrey had Tommy John surgery last year, is a candidate for that final rotation spot. Gibson returned at the end of last season to pitch several games in the minors. He also made several appearances recently in the Arizona Fall League, and the Twins were happy with the progress he's made since his surgery.
There have been plenty of examples of pitchers who have come back stronger after having Tommy John surgery, a procedure that seems to be more commonplace today than ever in baseball. Minnesota is hoping that Pelfrey and Gibson fall under that category.
"It's dependent on the guy, certainly, and their history," Ryan said of the surgery. "The rate of return on guys that come off Tommy John is pretty good percentage-wise. It's quite high."
Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Minnesota Twins have been targeting starting pitching
since the offseason began, and there was initially some thought that there
could be a reunion with right-hander Carl Pavano. However, while Pavano remains
available as a free agent, he “doesn’t appear to be a fit with the Twins,”
according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Pavano is still currently a free...
The Minnesota Twins contacted the agent for right-hander
Rich Harden yesterday, reports La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.
The Twins have been in contact today with the agent for
righthander Rich Harden, according to multiple sources.
Neal notes that the discussions between the Twins and Harden
appear to be “heating up pretty quick.”
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan has made it clear that acquiring pitching was his top objective this offseason. He did just that on Tuesday, adding another arm to bolster the American League's worst rotation.
The Twins signed veteran right-hander Mike Pelfrey to a one-year contract, according to the Associated Press. The 6-foot-7 Pelfrey previously spent...
The Minnesota Twins have signed right handed pitcher Rich Harden to a minor league contract. Harden will be invited to spring training and will compete for a spot at the end of the Twins rotation.
Harden, 31, has a long history of injuries and missed the entire 2012 season following surgery to repair a torn capsule in his right shoulder.
The Twins were also interested in bringing...
I'd be remised if I didn't go into some depth about Mike Pelfrey signing a one year deal with the Twins. Pelfrey is that guy that we've had so many discussions about regarding his upside. Was he an ace or not? It was reasonable to expect that the ninth overall pick could potentially be a front of the rotation starting pitcher. But the one chance Pelfrey had to step up...
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins added yet another starting pitcher Friday, signing veteran right-hander Rich Harden to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.The 31-year-old Harden did not pitch in 2012 after having season-ending shoulder surgery. He last pitched for Oakland in 2011, going 4-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 15 starts. Seven of his nine years...
The Minnesota Twins signed right-hander Rich Harden on Friday to a minor-league contract with an invitation to their major-league camp in spring training. Harden, 31, will attempt a comeback from rotator cuff surgery on his throwing shoulder last Jan. 31 that sidelined him for the 2012 season. The injury-plagued Harden has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. He has...
The Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds
are among the teams to have checked in on veteran free agent Freddy Garcia,
reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
#twins, #rox, #reds among teams to check in on freddy garcia, veteran starter who knows how to pitch (10 W avg last 3 yrs)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 19, 2012
Heyman adds that, in his...
The Minnesota Twins have signed injury-hampered right-hander Rich Harden to a minor-league contract with an invitation to compete for a spot on the staff in spring training.
The move was made Friday. The 31-year-old Harden missed the entire 2012 season after surgery on Jan. 31 to repair the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.
Harden has the third-best strikeouts-per-nine-innings...
According to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, the Mets have reached out the representatives of both Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano in an effort to replace R.A. Dickey. Both pitchers are still available on the free agent market, and up until this point neither player had been linked to any teams recently.
Liriano, 29, started the 2012 season with the Minnesota Twins before being dealt...
Mike Pelfrey: Last season, Mike Pelfrey pitched 19 innings before being sent to the DL
Rich Harden: Pitched a mostly disastrous 82 2/3 innings, but his strike out rate was good. His walk rate was bad. His FIP indicated a better performance than his traditional stats. Also, this was 2011. He didn’t pitch last year.
Kevin Correia: Pitched plenty last year. Hit 171 innings, the...