Yankees Interested In Pedro Feliciano

The Yankees expressed interest in lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano, tweets Ken Davidoff of Newsday.  The rubber-armed 34-year-old figures to be popular this winter, with the Phillies, Angels, Mets, and others also seeking left-handed relief.  The question for the Yankees, notes Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues, is whether they're willing to commit multiple years and a $3MM+ salary to Feliciano or a similar veteran given the money they already owe to Damaso Marte and Boone Logan.

Feliciano led the National League in appearances in each of the last three seasons.  His detractors will suggest he's been overworked; his agents at MDR Sports Management will say it's proof of his durability.  One Feliciano trait that cannot be argued: he's very tough on lefties.


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  1. he’s going to be expensive. really hope he doesn’t end up in a philthies uniform

    • The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

      Either the Yankees or the Phillies will be the winner of the Pedro Feliciano sweepstakes

  2. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    I know the Mets don’t plan on making any significant free agent signings this offseason but I’d sure love to get “Perpetual Pedro” back in Queens.

    • i’m sure there are other cheaper lefties on the market

      • jimboslice9 5 years ago

        Yes, but are they as effective as he is, able to pitch as much as he does, and as popular with Mets fans as he is? I think not. Also, I think the Mets need him to keep some stability in their bullpen.

        • i’m a mets fan…. I do NOT want him back

          • jimboslice9 5 years ago

            May I ask why not? He was arguably the only consistently good arm in the bullpen the last 2-3 years.

          • over-used situational lefty, now over-priced for what he brings to the table. granted jerry manuel didnt know what he was doing, pedro cannot get out RHB and always did poorly with inherited runners

          • jimboslice9 5 years ago

            I don’t know why you would use overused against him, it’s not his fault. (Sorry if that sounded condescending, it really isn’t) And I think the Mets could afford overpaying $1-2MM for some solidity in the bullpen. And other than bases loaded, he didn’t do too bad with inherited runners.
            Slash Lines:
            Bases Empty: .273/.343/.433/.776
            Runners On: .229/.316/.284/.600
            RISP: .233/.329/.271/.600
            RISP, 2 out: .246/.342/.290/.632
            Bases Loaded: .350/.417/.350/.767

            That was for 2008-10

            His inherited runner stats (for 08-10) are:

            175 runners inherited 39 runners scored 22.3% inherited runners scored.
            So he’s not as terrible with inherited runners as he seems.
            Also according to baseball-reference in high-leverage situations he has an opponents slash line of : .222/.308/.272/.579
            So when he needs to be clutch he is.

          • Infield Fly 5 years ago

            Wow, way to back up your argument!

          • jimboslice9 5 years ago

            Thanks, I try to be thorough when I need to be.

          • jimboslice9 5 years ago

            Thanks, I try to be thorough when I need to be.

          • Infield Fly 5 years ago

            Wow, way to back up your argument!

  3. vtadave 5 years ago

    Tim – Do you really think dead money to other lefties would stop the Yankees from spending $3 million a year on Feliciano? I doubt it.

    • I think if Feliciano wants to mirror Marte’s deal they’d have a really good example still on their roster of why that’s maybe not the best route.

  4. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    Stop this tom-foolery and come back home.

  5. Yanks28in15 5 years ago

    That’s too much money for a situational lefty. Look at his numbers vs righties…he’s BP! No thank you.

  6. I still don’t know why the Mets didn’t trade him at the deadline.

    • Tko11 5 years ago

      Because omar was still the gm

      • Just_MLB 5 years ago

        right…and u think it was Omar’s decision to not eat wagners 2009 salary so he could get a better prospect from the red sox?

    • Since_77 5 years ago

      If he is a type A free agent they can get a good draft pick.

      • Trust me–any team that will sign Feliciano will surely sign a much better type-A as well (i.e. The Yankees will sign Cliff Lee).

  7. theyankeefanatic 5 years ago

    hope the yanks get him…Pitching is always a risk…if they cut back his innings and use him almost exclusively against lefties he could be really dominate.

    • Since_77 5 years ago

      He always looks good against them.

    • jimboslice9 5 years ago

      Honestly I don’t think the innings matter much with him, he has said on a few occasions that he could pitch 7 games in a week, and his arm still wouldn’t be tired. Also, as a Mets fan who has seen him pitch over the last 6-7 years, I can say game 1 and game 70+ are often not too different in the fact that he is effective either way. I agree you try to get him to face lefties a lot though. But don’t do what Jerry Manuel loved doing and use him only for one out, get as much as you can out of him.

  8. theyankeefanatic 5 years ago

    hope the yanks get him…Pitching is always a risk…if they cut back his innings and use him almost exclusively against lefties he could be really dominate.

  9. cayanksfan 5 years ago

    I prefer Downs, he’s proven in the AL East. Remember, Vasquez was third in Cy Young voting last year in the NL East!!!

    Too bad Matt Thornton wasn’t available.

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