The Detroit Tigers and free-agent pitcher Mike Pelfrey have reached a two-year, $16-million contract agreement, according to published sources.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported Friday that that the deal is finalized, pending a physical.
Pelfrey, who turns 32 in January, went 6-11 with a 4.26 ERA in 30 starts for the Minnesota Twins last season, allowing 198 hits in 164 2/3 innings. He only struck out 86 batters, walking 45.
In his last three years, including one wrecked by injury, he went 11-27 in 64 starts with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.545 ERA.
Health has also been a major concern for Pelfrey, who only managed three starts in 2012 and five in 2014. For his 10-year career, spent with the New York Mets and Twins, he is 61-81 with a 4.52 ERA, good for a career ERA+ of 89. He has not posted an ERA+ of over 100 in a full season since 2010.
Pelfrey will fill the last spot in Detroit’s rotation, joining Justin Verlander, Justin Zimmermann, Anibal Sanchez and rookie Daniel Norris.