The New York Mets have reunited with former reliever Pedro Feliciano, signing the lefty to a minor league contract and offering an invite to Spring Training.
Feliciano was a fan favorite among Mets fans for several years, pitching from 2002-2010 with the club before signing a lucrative 2-year deal with the Yankees.
While a member of the Yanks, Feliciano continued endearing himself to Mets fans as he cashed huge paychecks while never throwing a pitch in a major league game for the Bronx Bombers.
The only way the story could play out any further is if Every Day Pedro returns to form while rejoining his former club this season in Queens.
Feliciano was a workhorse for the Mets throughout his tenure with the team and a source of reliable innings before shoulder injuries derailed his career.
It's hard to guess what Perennial Pedro has left in the tank, but he pitched well in Winter League ball and is the type of low-risk / low-cost reliever the Mets were looking for to help round out their bullpen.
The team's official press release on the signing details some of the injuries Feliciano has dealt with as well as his accomplishments while a member of the Mets:
Feliciano, 36, returns to the Mets organization after spending the last two seasons with the New York Yankees. The lefthander never appeared in a major league game with the Yankees, spending both seasons on the disabled list after tearing a capsule in his left shoulder. He underwent left rotator cuff surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, on September 8, 2011. The native of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico made 10 major league rehabilitation appearances over three levels of the Yankees minor league organization in 2012, but sprained his ankle in September and was shut down for the remainder of the season.
Feliciano pitched for Leones de Ponce of the Puerto Rican Winter League this season, not receiving a decision and compiling a 1.23 ERA (one earned run/7.1 innings) in seven appearances out of the bullpen. He struck out six and walked one.
Feliciano led the majors in games pitched from 2008-2010, making 266 appearances for the Mets. He established the franchise record for appearances in each season, pitching in 86 games in 2008, 88 in 2009 and 92 in 2010, all major league highs. The 92 outings in 2010 tied for the fourth most in a single season in major league history.”
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