PHILADELPHIA -- As it stands, Mike Pelfrey will remain under Mets control until 2014. He'd like to stick around even longer than that.
"I would be interested," Pelfrey said about the possibility of a contract extension. "They'd have to bring it up, but I'm sure we'll explore it. I'm definitely open to it."
To date, the Mets have not discussed the possibility of a long-term extension with Pelfrey, who is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason.
"Crickets," Pelfrey said. "It's been crickets."
Pelfrey's agent, Scott Boras, does not often allow teams to buy out arbitration or free agent years by signing players to long-term deals, preferring his clients to test free agency when the time comes. And Pelfrey could follow suit, even if his preference is to stay with the Mets.
After New York drafted him ninth overall in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Pelfrey signed a four-year, $5.25 million contract that expired prior to this season. Because he had not accumulated enough service time to be eligible for arbitration, Pelfrey then had no choice but to ink a one-year deal worth $500,000 for 2010.
Next year, his salary could increase more than tenfold through the arbitration process, giving the Mets incentive to broach the topic of a long-term deal. But the Mets must also address the instability within their own front office before they begin to make personnel decisions for the future.
"My agent and them will work it out," Pelfrey said. "If they want to do it, I'm open to it. If not, that's fine, too."
In his most successful big league season to date, Pelfrey is 15-9 this year with a 3.75 ERA.