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.