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Dec 172010

The Yankees are now set to sign LOOGY Pedro Feliciano to a two year deal, worth $8MM.

I’m more or less okay with this deal, since the money isn’t big and a two year deal isn’t awful, especially since he’ll just be facing lefties. With the way Joe Girardi matches up, though, he could be used pretty often. However, it’s hard to envision him being used more than the league-leading 86, 88, and 92 games in which he’s been used by the Mets during the last three seasons.

Feliciano, as the article states, is death to lefties. He didn’t give up a single homer to them in 139 times facing lefties.

Here are his pertinent splits facing lefties in the last three seasons:

2010: .574 OPSA, 25.18 K%, 7.19 BB%
2009: .594 OPSA, 26.28 K%, 3.85 BB%
2008: .575 OPSA, 28.57 K%, 6.72 BB%

So the strikeouts against lefties have dropped a bit, but they’re still coming at a high rate. The walks could be a problem, but as we can see, those can go up and down.

At the beginning of the offseason, I wasn’t too keen on Feliciano because I thought the price would be too high and the years would be too many. However, this deal is decent enough for the Yankees at just two years. $4MM/year is probably a bit too much for a LOOGY, but it’s a cost that won’t sink the Yankees. I’ve long said that a second lefty in the bullpen isn’t a need, but a want. Well, the Yankees have filled a want that could easily help them. Good luck, Pedro; welcome to the Evil Empire.

15 Responses to “Yankees to Add Feliciano”

  1. There is also a club option for a 3rd year….

    A second lefty out of the pen is a need in my eyes because this past season was Boone’s first good season and if he gets hurt or he regressess in his development we have a lefty to take over his first specialist out of the pen role.

    I’d still like to see The Yankees sign Fuentes to setup and close for Mariano when he is sore or needs rest (he is 41) but it doesn’t sound like the Yankees are interested, I have read they are still looking for a RHP for the pen but I can’t imagine why the only ones left are Rauch and Gregg and neither one will be a setup man and we don’t need another right handed middle reliever, with Joba and Robertson we have that covered.

    So right now we’re looking at Mariano, Robertson, Logan, Joba, Feliciano, Prior?, Mitre?, Aceves?

    It’s not a bad pen but we’re going to have to end up trading for a setup man at the trade deadline again to pull the pen together because Robertson and Joba are both better in the middle of the game than they are late.

    In other news Bill Hall signed with the Astors even though thr Dodgers and Yanks were said to be the “most aggresive” we still need a right handed bat for the outfield and maybe even a super sub type as well to keep Nunez playing every day in Scranton next season, both Hairston brothers are still available so let’s hope they go their first.  (Quote)

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    old fan Reply:

    Agree with the absolute need for a second LH reliever, espicially with the Sox lineup. I wouldn’t even mind having a third one, who could also get out RH batters, too. I think Fuentes would be a good fit. The Yanks were lusting after him when he was at Colorado.

    Soriano and Balfour are still available, too.

    We need another good pen pickup, maybe two. Anything that Prior, Aceves, or Marte contribute in the second half of 2011 would be gravy. we can’t count on any of this threesome being able to provide any competent relief given their injury situations.

    With a weak innings eating rotation, we need to counter with a super powered bullpen. That’s why I am still hoping that Cashman and Boras pull some kind of deal together with Soriano, even if it’s just for one year, as Boras and Theo did last year with his prized, but unwanted 3rd baseman FA.  (Quote)

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    T.O. Chris Reply:

    Apparently Soriano wants a 4-5 year contract…  (Quote)

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    old fan Reply:

    So did Beltre and Boras last year, until the moment they agreed to the 1 yr deal with Boston, and they finally realized they weren’t going to get what they wanted. They said OK, I’ll take 1-yr “pass” and test the market next year to see if it’s better.

    A lot of permutations can occur that gets Soriano to the Yankees.  (Quote)

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    T.O. Chris Reply:

    I would love to get Soriano on a 1 year deal and let him get his payday next year but I just don’t think Cash would give away a draft pick for a 1 year rental, I agree with you though.  (Quote)

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  2. Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yankees were willing to go to 10 million for 2 years on Kerry Wood but he wasn’t interested in returning.

    Hopefully everyone who was yelling and bitching at Brian Cashman yesterday for not signing Wood can now understand what I said yesterday that nothing any team could have done would have prevented Wood from going home to the Cubs.

    One thing about this report is that yesterday Heyman said the Yankees weren’t happy about the prices of setup men like Wood and Guerrier but looks like they were willing to go 5 million a year anyway on Wood, Heyman also reports they will be looking for a setup man for the pen instead of going with D-Rob and Joba which is the smart move.

    Looks Like Fuentes is still in play because he is looking for 5 million a year maybe Kerry’s 2 year deal can be offered to Fuentes instead.  (Quote)

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    old fan Reply:

    I find it very, very hard to believe that Wood turned down $5M /yr, for 2 years with the playoff bound Yankees to take a one year deal, with the Cubbies, at $1M. This doesn’t make sense (unless he got into 3 or 4 clubhouse fistfights that we haven’t heard of.)

    Oh, -and the Cubbies already have a designated closer. This whole deal doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. About the only thing that would make sense, is that the Yanks only offered a comparable deal to the Cubs, and the Yanks were wanting to save their money for something else and are working on a deal with either Soriano, Fuentes, or Balfour.  (Quote)

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    T.O. Chris Reply:

    Except that isn’t what happened and it wasn’t just the Yankees… Boston offered him 10 million for 2 years and the White Sox offered 3.5 for 1 year and he turned it all down for the Cubs because his family wants to be their.

    Jon Heyman has also said that word around the organization is that he got a personal assurance from the owners that he would be a Cubs employee for life meaning that once he retires he will take a job either in their FO or in their coaching ranks at some level and that is why he took so much less money.

    He held his press conference today and said he doesn’t want to play with another organization and he wants to raise his kids in Chicago and he also never wanted to leave in the first place, you add that to the personal services contract he received/was promised and he got exactly what he wanted.  (Quote)

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    old fan Reply:

    OK, thanks. This is a lot more understandable.
    I still hope that Cashman is far from done this off season, and is saving his bullets for something neat.  (Quote)

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    T.O. Chris Reply:

    Yeah when I first saw the number I was pretty floored but watching his press conference there probably isn’t a more down to earth guy in baseball and he really looked like he wanted to do what was best for his family no matter what and he actually understands that even 1.5 million is a lot of money.

    For 2/10 I wished he would have stayed but I have gained so much more respect for that man he took like 15% of the total he could have gotten else where to go someplace his wife and him have family and they wanted to raise their kids.  (Quote)

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    T.O. Chris Reply:

    You and me both brother, I’ll stand by them every step of the way but I would love to go into next season with a little more ammunition than we have now, if you are going to do the Rambo charge on a season you might as well have the guns to go in blazing haha.

    I’m still hoping for an Edwin Jackson, Joakim Soria or maybe even a Heath Bell trade with Jackson as my favorite because he should cost the least, I’m afraid that Soria is a pipe dream and even though Jed Hoyer took less for Adrian he won’t do the same for us and Bell I’m afraid.

    As long as we don’t end up staring down the barrel of Carlos Zambrano aka Javier Vazquez I’m good though.  (Quote)

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  3. Maybe not Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yankees were deciding between Fuentes and Feliciano and chose Feliciano because he pitched in New York, wants the ball in big spots and because Fuentes wanted a guaranteed 3rd year and 1 million more per year but he clearly would have been worth it considering he can do what Feliciano can’t which is pitch to righties and close.

    Pedro Feliciano splits last 3 years
    .212/.273/.310 with 6 HRs, 110 Ks, 24 BBs in 377 ABs
    .325/.424/.474 with 9 HRs, 55 Ks, 50 BBs in 289 ABs

    2 Saves out of 7 Save Opps.
    3.44 ERA, 174 H, 165 Ks, 74 BBs and a .265 BAA in 175.1 IP
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    Brian Fuentes splits last 3 years
    .192/.259/.234 with 1 HR, 51 Ks, 14 BBs
    .224/.313/.371 with 13 HRs, 124 Ks, 52 BBs

    102 Saves out of 117 Save Opps.
    3.15 ERA, 131 H, 175 Ks, 66 BBs and a .215 BAA in 165.2 IP

    Fuentes is clearly the better pitcher and if you are really going to quibble over 1 million a year and 1 year (really not a year difference with the option) why are you doing it with 2 clearly different talent levels?  (Quote)

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  4. Brian Fuentes 609 ABs in the last 3 years

    Pre All-Star: break 3.58 ERA, 81 H, 100 K, 30 BB, 8 HR with a .232 BAA in 93 IP
    Post All-Star: break 2.60 ERA, 50 H, 75 K, 36 BB 6 HR with a .192 BAA in 72.2 IP
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    Pedro Feliciano 666 ABs in the last 3 years

    Pre All-Star break: 2.57 ERA, 99 H, 96 K, 40 BB, 11 HR with a .252 BAA in 105 IP
    Post All-Star break: 4.73 ERA, 75 H, 69 K, 34 BB, 4 HR with a .275 BAA in 70.1 IP

    While Brian Fuentes gets stronger after the All-Star break Feliciano seems to wear down the longer the season goes and his ERA doubles after the All-Star break a trend that was once again true last year as his ERA nearly doubled after the break.

    Let me be clear I like the Feliciano signing but if was down to Pedro or Fuentes and you chose to go 2/8 (with an option making it 3/12) over 2/10 or 3/15 on the clearly more talented and higher leverage situation pitcher then the Yanks clearly made a mistake here.

    With the Sox out of the running for Fuentes you could probably get Brian with 2/10 and an option for the 3rd year, he’s the same age with less work on his arm and his work as been better and in higher leverage situations against all comers as opposed to just lefties.  (Quote)

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  5. Once again, very good analysis from the original writer of the post (from a Yankees’ point of view).

    But, the bad. Once again your comments section is nearly unreadable due to one single poster attempting “dominate” all discussion. I am still at a loss as to why this is allowed.  (Quote)

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    old fan Reply:

    Well, if a fan was disruptive, constantly bad tempered, or unknowledgable, that is one thing. Also, a very rabid fan who doesn’t know what he is talking about is not good, either.

    But, I don’t see anything wrong with a rabid Yankee fan, very knowledgable,who has facts galore behind him, is well read, and is just bursting to communicate what he knows to other Yankee fans.

    Thank God for rabid Yankee fans who are intelligent, expert, committed, and able to carry on cogent conversations. We need more of this species.  (Quote)

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