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A lost lefty

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 03, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Talk about a forgettable anniversary…

On this day, one year ago, the Yankees officially signed Pedro Feliciano to be their primary left-handed reliever in the bullpen.

A year later, Feliciano has thrown a handful of Grapefruit League innings. That’s all the Yankees have to show for their $8-million investment. It’s looking like the entire two-year deal will be a bust, and the club option for 2013 is already laughable.

When the Yankees signed Feliciano, he was 34 years old, coming off back-to-back seasons in which he broke the Mets franchise record for relief appearances. His 92 appearances in 2010 tied for the fourth-most all-time in a single season. The Yankees gambled that he could keep pitching, but a spring shoulder problem never went away. Feliciano tried to avoid surgery, but it became inevitable and will likely cost him all of 2012 as well.

As the Yankees line up a Rule 5 pick and at least one minor league contract to compete for a left-handed relief job, Feliciano’s name still takes a spot on the 40-man roster, a lost cause at this point.




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