Snatching a Bullpen Warrior
Over the years, the Mets and Reds continued to make trades with each other. On August 15, 2002, New York dealt starting pitcher Shawn Estes for a package of minor league players.
The Mets sold Estes at the perfect time. In 23 starts for the 2002 Mets, Estes was 4-9 with a 4.55 ERA. This was his first year with the team following an offseason trade with the San Francisco Giants.
Things got worse for Estes when he joined the Reds. In his six starts, the veteran lefty went 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA. But it’s not like the Reds could have possibly given up anything good in the deal, right?
Well, sometimes when you throw in minor league players the quantity ends up backfiring. This trade included four minor leaguers. One of them was lefty-specialist Pedro Feliciano.
If you watched Mets baseball from 2006-2010, he probably saw lots of Feliciano. He led the league in appearances each year from 2008-2010 with a personal-high of 92 in the last of this streak. Often used for just a batter or two, he was the ideal lefty reliever to get a big out versus a same-handed swinger.
Feliciano only ever played in the big leagues as a member of the Mets, finishing it up with a 3.33 ERA in 383.2 innings pitched. This came over the course of 484 games, which shows how often he entered a game for less than three outs.
During the triumphs the Mets did experience in the latter part of the 2000s, Feliciano was often in the game. The 31st round draft pick carved out a niche for himself in relief. It all began with one relatively innocent trade between the Mets and Reds.