Pedro Feliciano, Mets Waiting On Contract Talks

Lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano and the Mets have agreed to wait until after the season to hold contract talks, reports ESPN's Adam Rubin.  Feliciano will be eligible for free agency for the first time.

Feliciano, 34 in a few days, has been worked hard in his Mets career.  This year he's got a 3.05 ERA, 8.5 K/9, and 4.9 BB/9 with only one home run allowed in 44.3 innings.  For the third straight year, he's leading MLB in appearances.

FanGraphs splits are the best way to judge Feliciano's work against lefties and righties.  You can see he's been very strong (xFIP of 3.06 or better) against lefties the last few years but middling or worse against righties (xFIP of at least 4.49 each year).  Despite Feliciano's protestations, it's more than just groundballs getting through against righties.  He's allowing too many walks and often too many home runs against them.

Feliciano profiles as a Type B free agent in our latest Elias projections, and he's earning $2.9MM this year.  The Mets would be wise to offer arbitration, but a multiyear deal would be risky.

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