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Why Pelfrey picked Minnesota over 'four or five teams'

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08:09 AM ET 12.21 | At 6-foot-7 and more than 250 pounds, Mike Pelfrey makes for a big signing in Minnesota. Pelfrey, recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow May 1, has concluded the bulk of his rehab by throwing as many as 90 pitches to batters. He says he has been throwing all his pitches without pain and hopes to pitch upward of about 180 innings for Minnesota in the coming season. Twins general manager Terry Ryan says he has no reason to doubt that. "He's good sized, he's in the prime of his career, he's got velocity," Ryan said Thursday. ... Pelfrey, who is 6 feet 7 and 254 pounds, picked the Twins from "four or five teams" that talked to him. "They were looking for a starting pitcher," he said, "and Target Field will be a great place to pitch."

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December 21, 2012  08:24 AM ET

Were the Twins the only team his agent called who were looking for a starting pitcher, any starting pitcher? A career WHIP of 1.46 doesn't cause excitement for most general managers.

December 21, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Pelfrey must have bats in his belfry.

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December 21, 2012  11:24 AM ET
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Louisville Slugger or Mizuno??

Being that he's a pitcher in the AL now.....

December 21, 2012  11:46 AM ET
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Were the Twins the only team his agent called who were looking for a starting pitcher, any starting pitcher? A career WHIP of 1.46 doesn't cause excitement for most general managers.

the passive rangers miss out badly!!!

December 21, 2012  11:48 AM ET
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Dude is coming back from injury. This could be one of those steals that happens every year. At worst, the Twins simply aren't out much.

same thing with the halos, hanson has his own injuries to deal with/then the halos new closer could collapse any time/ lets not forget madson has shoulder problems as well!!

December 21, 2012  01:54 PM ET

Well... There goes another former 1st round pick.

Funny how the NY Media didn't report this (or that he was available to the highest bidder).
I had to come to T&R to find this out.

December 21, 2012  03:14 PM ET

I Wish Big Pelf Well, he always gave it his All and some times too much!!! If The Twins can straighten him out he could be A pleasant surprise!!! He's Too much of a Thinker!

December 21, 2012  04:35 PM ET

why pelfrey pick the twinkies??that's easy,because they have nothing to lose,,

December 21, 2012  05:00 PM ET
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why pelfrey pick the twinkies??that's easy,because they have nothing to lose,,

It's a great place for him to continue rehabbing, as he won't face the same pressure to perform in MN as he would in places like NY.

 
December 21, 2012  07:32 PM ET
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Dude is coming back from injury. This could be one of those steals that happens every year. At worst, the Twins simply aren't out much.

The problem is that he was below average even when he was healthy. My comment was directed more at him making it sound like teams were just lining up to bid on him. I have no problem with the Twins taking a low cost chance on him.

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