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.
Gee puts himself into Mets' rotation picture
PHILADELPHIA -- Since joining the Mets three weeks ago, Dillon Gee has faced an increasingly difficult task every five days. Saturday's start was his toughest yet, against a powerful Phillies offense in front of more than 45,000 screaming fans at Citizens Bank Park.
Gee passed that test, too.
"I like the fact that he can pitch in," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "He can pitch in off the plate, which is a tremendous weapon for a guy to be able to do that."
And so, in an atmosphere that he called "unbelievable," Gee overcame Ryan Howard's early home run to silence the Phillies, winning his second game as a big leaguer. With one start remaining, Gee now has put himself squarely in contention for a rotation spot next spring.
"I was very impressed with him last night," Manuel said. "He's got that pitchability."
Preventing clinch on Mets' minds
PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets figured this might happen, arriving at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday with another team's fate in their hands. If the Mets beat the Phillies, they knew, they would guarantee that their rivals would not celebrate an NL East title in front of them.
If the Mets lost, they could expose themselves to that indignity.
Earlier in the week, Mets manager Jerry Manuel said that watching a champagne celebration might be good for his team, exposing his younger players to a postseason atmosphere. But few of his players agreed with that perspective, and Manuel understood that.
"This is our rival," he said. "You don't want anything good happening when you're around with your rival."
Philadelphia entered Sunday's play needing a win and a Braves loss to clinch its fourth consecutive division title.
Bark of the Park returns to Citi on Monday
PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets will host their second Bark of the Park of the season Monday at Citi Field. Fans who purchase dog tickets will receive gift bags with dog food samples, treats and coupons, and will be able to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track with their dogs, before sitting with their pets in the Pepsi Porch.
All proceeds from the purchase of dog tickets will benefit the North Shore Animal League, the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world.