Fired on the spot for trying to sign a guy who can be a solid back end guy? Ok, yeah that makes sense.
Defenders of Pelfrey straight up amaze me. He has been bad for most of his career. That they offer to HIM and not others by now is pretty indicative of why Terry Ryan needs to be fired on the spot. How is this not clear? This is baffling.
You are completely wrong about him being "bad" for most of his career:
Once again, His four full seasons in New York he averaged 196 IP a season along with a 4.27 ERA.
For comparisons sake:
Ricky Nolasco's last 4 seasons: 188 IP, 4.48 ERA.
Bronson Arroyo last 4 seasons: 208 IP, 4.05 ERA (however looking for 30+ mil and 3 years as a 37 year old)
Phil Hughes last 4 seasons: (Who I advocate signing) 147 IP 4.65 ERA
Jason Vargas last 4 seasons: 197 IP, 3.97 ERA (32 mil contract signed)
The beauty about Pelfrey is he will cost literally a FRACTION of those players.
Sure Pelfrey's 2013 ERA etc look ugly, however as mentioned his FIP and xFIP tell a diff story, and he was a much diff pitcher once he came back to the Twins after more or less a couple weeks off......and he was on a very very aggressive path/timeline back from TJS. His velocity and everything is back to normal (and possible it gets even higher?) and as mentioned his k/9 rate saw an increase...and is still only 29.
It's actually a perfect buy low signing, especially if they can get a team option for a third year. If he gives you his pre TJS numbers of 185-200 IP and a 4.25-4.35 ERA he is a freaking steal at 5-6 mil a year.