Twins to pay Pel­frey $4M in one-year deal

Astros agree to oneyear, $2.9 mil­lion con­tract with Car­los Pena to be the DH.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING -

Mike Pel­frey once was a promis­ing prospect for the New York Mets, a ground­ball-in­duc­ing ma­chine who chewed up in­nings and bats with a hard sinker that tum­bled out of his 6-foot-7 frame.

He’s 28 years old now, coming off of Tommy John surgery and was sit­ting in the free agent bargain bin, which is where the Min­nesota Twins have been shop­ping for start­ing pitch­ers all off­sea­son.

The Twins agreed to terms with the righthander on a $4 mil­lion, one-year con­tract Tues­day, adding him to the mix in a start­ing ro­ta­tion filled with “pitch-to-con­tact” guys who rely more on their de­fense mak­ing plays be­hind them than they do strik­ing hit­ters out with over­pow­er­ing stuff.

Pel­frey went 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA in seven sea­sons with the Mets, in­clud­ing a four-year run in which he pitched at least 184 in­nings and topped 200 in­nings twice. But he has av­er­aged just 5.1 strike­outs per nine in­nings, which means he fits right in with a Twins ro­ta­tion built on light-throw­ing, lo­ca­tion-ori­ented arms.

He missed al­most all of last sea­son af­ter hav­ing the lig­a­ment re­place­ment surgery.

Astros: Hous­ton agreed to a $2.9 mil­lion, one-year con­tract with Car­los Pena, who will be the des­ig­nated hit­ter, ad­dress­ing a key need as the team pre­pares for its first sea­son in the Amer­i­can League. Pena, 34, also can play first base.

Ath­let­ics: Oak­land fi­nal­ized a $6.5 mil­lion, two-year con­tract with Ja­panese short­stop Hiroyuki Naka­jima on Tues­day, fill­ing a void cre­ated by the de­par­tures of Cliff Pen­ning­ton and Stephen Drew. Naka­jima, 30, is an eight-time All-Star in Ja­pan and a three-time Gold Glove win­ner. He has a .302 ca­reer bat­ting av­er­age with 162 homers in 11 sea­sons with the Pa­cific League’s Seibu Lions.

Phillies: John Lan­nan signed a $2.5 mil­lion, oneyear con­tract on Tues­day, adding depth to a ro­ta­tion that lost starter Vance Wor­ley when he was traded away. Lan­nan, 28, was 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six starts for the NL Eastcham­pion Washington Na­tion­als this year.

Rays: Tampa Bay has signed right-han­der Roberto Her­nan­dez, the pitcher for­merly known as Fausto Car­mona. The one-year deal is worth $3.25 mil­lion. Her­nan­dez, who is 32, has pitched seven years in the ma­jors, all with Cleve­land. He was 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA last sea­son. Her­nan­dez was ar­rested last win­ter in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic on false iden­tity charges. They were dropped af­ter he com­pleted a work pro­gram.

Red Sox: Bos­ton reached a $9.5 mil­lion, one-year agree­ment with short­stop Stephen Drew. Drew hit .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 39 games for the Oak­land Ath­let­ics last sea­son af­ter be­ing traded by Ari­zona on Aug. 20. In 40 games with the Di­a­mond­backs, he hit .193 with two homers and 12 RBIs. Bos­ton also fi­nal­ized a $4.25 mil­lion, one-year con­tract with re­liever Koji Ue­hara, who had a 1.75 ERA last sea­son for Texas.

PA­TRICK SE­MAN­SKY / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS 2012

Mike Pel­frey, who was a promis­ing prospect for the New York Mets, is coming off Tommy John surgery and has agreed to a $4 mil­lion, one-year con­tract with the Min­nesota Twins. Pel­frey was an in­nings eater dur­ing a four-year run with the Mets be­fore miss­ing al­most all of last sea­son be­cause of the surgery.

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