Yankees Rumors: Looking into LHP Pedro Feliciano

The Yankees have been interested in adding a left handed reliever this offseason and so far they have been focused on other things and we haven’t heard much about that search, but today we did get this little tidbit.

Via Ken Davidoff of Newsday:

The Yankees have expressed an interest in free agent LHP Pedro Feliciano.

Feliciano, 34, is a left handed reliever who has been very tough on lefties throughout his career holding them to a .214. He had a 119 ERA+ in 2010 and over the past three years combined. One red flag is that he’s lead the league in games pitched three years in a row.

He’s a type-B free agent so the Yankees wouldn’t have to give up a draft pick to sign him, but it’s unclear if they would be interested in giving him a multi-year contract that it is likely to take to land him. Damaso Marte, who is injured and might not pitch at all in 2011, is under contract for the next year and Boone Logan is controlled by the Yankees until 2013.

This is very preliminary stuff right now. It’s likely that we’ll hear a lot more about this before anything happens. We’ll keep you updated.

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2 Responses to Yankees Rumors: Looking into LHP Pedro Feliciano

  1. Mike S. says:

    Considering who is out there, Downs was #1 on my wish list for a lefty reliever, but with him as Type A…

    Feliciano was/is #2. 35 next August. A Year and an Option?

    Logan had a nice 2010, but that 2.93 is a good two runs lower than what he's put up previously, so getting a second lefty for insurance is on my wish list. Of course, you don't get a lefty just for the sake of getting one. You get a good one.

    But seeking a lefty reliever was one thing Cashman mentioned and is apparently following through on.

    If Feliciano comes reasonably (cost, years) I wouldn't mind at all. The fact he has NY experience is a plus.

  2. The thing I'm worried about more than anything is his health. He's pitched in a ton of games over the past few years. On top of that, Jerry Manuel would downright abuse relievers. He'd warm them up multiple times a game and use them in 3, 4, or 5 games in a row when he felt he might be fired if the Mets didn't win.