Mets lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano craves a multiyear extension with the Mets, according to Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News (hat tip to MetsBlog). The reliever is currently aiming to break his own team record for appearances in a season. He's held lefties to a .232/.259/.377 line this year. Rubin notes:
Feliciano, 33, is arbitration-eligible and under the Mets' control for the 2010 season. After that, he will be eligible for free agency. But both Mets officials and Feliciano expect to speak about a multi-year deal this winter. Either way, Feliciano is due a raise from the $1.6MM he's earning this season.
Feliciano told Rubin he'd like a two or three-year deal. I imagine Feliciano will seek $2MM+ for 2010, plus $3MM a year thereafter. The high-water marks from last year's free agent class: Jeremy Affeldt's two-year, $8MM deal and Damaso Marte's three-year, $12MM pact. Both were signed in November.
The lefty reliever market dropped when Trever Miller (one year, $500K in December), Alan Embree (one year, $2.25MM in December), Arthur Rhodes (two years, $4MM in December), Brian Shouse (one year, $1.55MM in February), Eddie Guardado (one year, $1MM minor league deal in February), Dennys Reyes (two years, $3MM in March), Joe Beimel (one year, $2MM in March), and Will Ohman (one year, $1.55MM minor league deal in March) signed.
This year's crop of lefty relievers includes those on one-year deals above, plus Mike Gonzalez, John Grabow, Ron Mahay, Darren Oliver, Scott Schoeneweis, and Ron Villone. Grabow's already talking extension with the Cubs (or not), while Gonzalez may see himself as a closer.