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 upgrade 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?