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.