Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano.
2013 Stats: 25 Games, 11.1 Innings Pitched, 0-2, 3.97 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 9 Strikeouts, 5 Holds
2013 Story: After signing a minor league contract in February, Feliciano nearly made the Mets out of spring training. A nasty bout of food poisoning and lingering durability concerns sent him to the minors. Feliciano pitched in the minors until being recalled by the Mets on August 2nd. Feliciano's return was a successful one for a guy who had missed the previous two seasons due to injury, and he remained a reliable part of the bullpen until the end of the season. Worried about overuse, the Mets pretty much strictly used Feliciano as a left handed specialist. Feliciano only pitched a full inning in one of his 25 outings, but he did hold lefties to a .176 batting average in 34 at bats.
2013 Grade: B. Feliciano's return was a success and he added some left handed depth in the bullpen upon his arrival. Felicano's ERA was a tad higher than he would have liked it to be, but that is a byproduct of pitching relatively few innings.
Contract Status: Free Agent
Odds of Returning: 20%
2014 Role: Left Handed Specialist
Like Tim Byrdak, the Mets will likely move forward without Feliciano in 2014. Feliciano is 37 years old and will likely look for a clear path to a major league bullpen job, which the Mets can't offer at this point. If the market isn't fruitful for Feliciano, he could return on a minor league deal and try to beat out incumbents Scott Rice and Josh Edgin in spring training. That scenario appears to be unlikely as the Mets appear poised to bring in a younger lefty to add to their organizational depth.
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