Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns in 2014 as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of something related to the New York Mets ( i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdown on Tuesdays with the number seven and work all the way to number one. Inspired by the current free agent market, this week’s countdown looks at the best Mets signings under $1 Million since 2000. Today we continue the countdown with reliever Pedro Feliciano.
#2 – LHP Pedro Feliciano
Pedro Feliciano has had several stints with the Mets and this piece focuses on his second go around in Flushing from 2006-2010. Feliciano came to the Mets prior to the 2006 season on a minor league deal. He won the lefty specialist spot in the bullpen out of Spring Training and faced almost primarily left handers during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He recorded his first career save in 2007 against the Philadelphia Phillies. But it was in 2008 where Feliciano’s Met career took off.
Feliciano led the majors in appearances in 2008 with 86. In 58 of those appearances he recorded less than three outs—a figure which also lead the majors that year. Finally, he lead the majors on appearances with zero days rest with 36. Feliciano would go on to lead the majors in appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2010. His 92 appearances in 2010 is a Met record and good for fourth-most in a single season in baseball history.
In January 2011, Feliciano parlayed his success with the Mets into a two-year, $8 million contract with the New York Yankees. He didn’t throw a pitch in the 2011 season because of surgery to repair a torn capsule and rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder. The surgery kept him out of the entire 2012 season as well and he left the Yankees following the 2012 season without throwing a single major league pitch for the team. The Yankees blamed the Mets for overusing Feliciano during his tenure in Flushing. Be that as it may, the Yankees knew how much work he put in for the Mets and were appraised of the risks associated with signing a pitcher with that many miles on his arm. Nevertheless, Pedro Feliciano’s second tenure with the Mets was a resounding success and earned him a second place spot on our countdown.
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