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Mets will pay steep price for pitcher

Remember when the Mets' only problem was finding a fifth starter so Hisanori Takahashi could go back to the bullpen? With the Mike Pelfrey situation looming bigger with every failed start, the starting rotation grows more dubious.

Pelfrey has gone from a projected 20-game winner to a pitcher who lated just 1 1/3 innings against lowly Arizona. He gave up six runs on seven hits and his earned run average is now 4.01.

The Mets can talk about yanking Takahashi from the rotation (even though he has seven victories), but there is no such option for Pelfrey. Now that the league knows the Mets really need starting help, the price will go way up for anyone they can bring in who can throw five or six decent innings.  

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