Mets sign LHP Pedro Feliciano to minors deal

Pedro Feliciano 1 polaroidThe Mets announced they have signed LHP Pedro Feliciano to a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training.

Feliciano, 36, led the majors in appearances from 2008-2010, making 266 appearances, all with the Mets.

Feliciano has held lefties to a .214 opposing average in his career and is 22-19 with a 3.31 ERA in 459 appearances over eight big league seasons. He has not pitched in the Major Leagues since he left the Mets after the 2010 season after battling shoulder problems.

Feliciano posted a 1.23 ERA in seven relief appearances in the Puerto Rican Winter League this season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Feliciano was awesome for the Mets in his first go around with them. But he racked up a lot of appearances during his tenure here, especially in his last three years. The Mets reportedly felt he was worn out after his contract expired, and Yankees GM Brian Cashman accused the Mets of “abusing” Feliciano, which he claimed ultimately led to his shoulder problems. Whatever the case may be, I have to wonder how much Feliciano has left in the tank now. This is still a low-risk move – if he’s healthy and durable, he could be a very valuable left-handed presence in the bullpen. But there’s no way to know how long Feliciano might last, should he make the team. The Mets would certainly have to use him more delicately than they did in his first stint with the club.