Who says you can’t go home?
The New York Mets re-signed left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training on Monday.
Feliciano pitched for the Mets from 2002-2010, setting the team’s single season record for appearances in 2008 with 86 and then breaking his own record each of the next two seasons. In 2010, he became only the fifth pitcher in major league history to appear in 90 or more games in one season.
Although Feliciano only played for the Mets in eight seasons, he’s second on the team’s all-time record list for appearances by a pitcher with 459. John Franco‘s record of 695 games seems safe, but it took him 14 years to reach that mark and he never appeared in more than 62 in any one season.
I’m rooting for Feliciano to make the big league team and contribute out of the Mets bullpen again in 2013. The odds seem to be against him, though.
Feliciano signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the New York Yankees after the 2010 season, but he never pitched for them. He battled left shoulder issues, and just when it appeared that he might be ready to help the Yankee bullpen late last season, Feliciano sprained his ankle while on a rehab assignment with Staten Island.