Rumors: Yankees “Getting Closer” to Signing Pedro Feliciano

The Yankees have been linked to free agent lefty Pedro Feliciano for a few weeks now, but this morning Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record tweeted that the two sides were “getting closer” to reaching an agreement.

Feliciano is a very effective pitcher against lefties putting up a career 1.06 WHIP and a .214 batting average against. But he does come with some risk as well.

It seems like a lot of relievers are getting three-year deals this offseason and if the Yankees are looking to do that it could be a huge mistake. Feliciano, 34, has pitched a lot over the past few years. He’s appeared in at least 78 games in each of the last four years and not less than 86 games over the past three. He’s also pitched the last couple of years for Jerry Manuel, a manager who at times could downright abuse his relievers using them three, four, even six days in a row with no second thought. This is a man who has some miles on his arm.

Some people though might look at it as a guy who has proven to be durable though and there might be some merit to that as well. It’s not like he’s a two inning per game pitcher either. One stretch last year Feliciano pitched in six consecutive games. In that stretch he only tossed 4.1 innings against 15 batters and he only needed 49 pitches to do it. So while he has pitched a lot, it’s not the same as typical pitchers.

Personally I’m both intrigued and scared of this signing. If it is just a one or two year deal I like it. I don’t love it, but he’s certainly an upgradeĀ  over Boone Logan.

What do you think? Is this the right move for the Yankees? Do you feel comfortable if it’s a three-year deal?

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3 Responses to Rumors: Yankees “Getting Closer” to Signing Pedro Feliciano

  1. Lincoln says:

    I'm on board. Why not? Brian Fuentes would be the other lefty option and I think I'm even more skeptical about his signing than I would be about Feliciano's. I do need help with one thing though. I've heard rumors all morning about getting a right handed set-up guy. Cool! But everyone talks about David Aardsma, Rafael Soriano, and Bobby Jenks. I really need to know whats going on with Jon Rauch. He seemed to pitch well for Minnesota, but I've heard nothing on him all winter. What am I missing?

  2. Typically you don't hear much about some relievers until all the top guys are gone. Rauch had a good season, but he's 32 and has had some bad seasons too. I wouldn't expect the Yankees to really look at him.

  3. Rafael says:

    Pedro Feliciano star his spring training already in Puerto Rico, he will start his live playing time on December 27, 2010 as member of the Ponce Leones Puerto Rico Winter League. His agent express in an article "El Nuevo Día" P.R., pricipal newspaper that he will like to pitch for the NYY.

    Feliciano will ber much better than Loogan, the statistic speak for themselve.