The non-tender deadline arrived yesterday and the New York Mets declined to tender new contracts to pitchers Mike Pelfrey and Manny Acosta as well as outfielder Andres Torres, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. The biggest name of the three is Pelfrey, who told Rubin he will likely be pitching elsewhere in 2012. Pelfrey expects to be ready for Opening Day next season and is seeking an opportunity to be a regular starter as opposed to being "the extra guy" for the Mets. Pelfrey has had a checkered tenure with the Mets, as he underachieved relative to his status as the ninth pick of the 2005 draft. Pelfrey, who is 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA in 153 appearances with the team. Pelfrey expressed his thoughts on his future with the Mets by saying the following:
"Coming off surgery, the biggest thing for me is I need to pitch. Coming into camp as the extra guy is not something I would want to do . . . I didn't work that hard to be an extra guy. I want to take the ball every fifth day. Obviously, numbers wise, if they have five starters I wouldn't come back."
The arbitration process calls for all players to earn at least 80 percent of their previous year's salary if tendered a new contract. Pelfrey earned nearly six million dollars in 2012, and that amount is far too high for someone who would be an extra arm on the Mets. The two sides could re-unite if Pelfrey finds the market to not be as appealing as he expects, but it appears to be an unlikely scenario at this point. As far as the other two players the Mets non-tendered, Torres and Acosta, the Mets have expressed interest in retaining Torres at a lower salary.
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