Pedro Feliciano to Sign With the New York Yankees?

Pedro Feliciano, the former New York Mets left-handed reliever, is reportedly close to an agreement with cross-town rivals, the New York Yankees. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995, Feliciano saw his first MLB action in orange and blue in 1998 as a 25 year-old. Between 2002 – 2004, Feliciano posted an unremarkable 4.21 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 4.2 BB/9 IP. The lefty then spent the 2005 season in Japan with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, where he credits his new approach, maturation, and current success.

Feliciano came back to the states in 2006, and signed again with the New York Mets. In his first rejuvenated season, Feliciano posted a spectacular 2.09 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9 IP, and 8.1 K/9 IP. Since coming back from Japan, “Perpetual” Pedro has owned an impressive 3.09 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9 IP, and 8/4 K/9 IP mark. However, despite often being among the league leaders for appearances and earning the reputation of an “any situation” reliever, Feliciano only endured success against righties in 2007. In fact, from 2008 to present, righties have owned a .325/.417/.474 line against him.

Considering relievers like Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain, Scott Downs, and Joaquin Benoit have all received three-year deals in free agency, it wouldn’t be out of the question that Feliciano too receives similar treatment (which would have more to do with the subsequent dearth of available, “trusted” relievers than actually deserving such a contract). Since the Mets offered arbitration to Feliciano and he declined, the Mets will take home a type B compensation pick. While the Yankees only have one left-handed reliever, Boone Logan (at least until Damaso Marte is off the DL in late July), due to their bullpen woes, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Feliciano incorrectly used as more than the left-handed specialist he truly is.

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