MLB Rumors: Pedro Feliciano Signs with New York Yankees

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2010

MLB Rumors: Pedro Feliciano Signs with New York Yankees

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano #25 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 25, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 5-2. (Photo by Hunt
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    Next season Pedro Feliciano will be making the short trip to the Yankees from the New York Mets. The 34-year-old lefty relief pitcher will join what is already a star-studded pitching staff.

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees will finalize the contract today that would bring Feliciano to the Yankees for two years with a contract worth $8 million and an option for the 2013 season if the Yankees choose to keep the left-hander.

    Here is what Pedro Feliciano will contribute to the Yankees this season.

Good ERA

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17:  Pedro Feliciano #25 of the New York Mets pitches against the Atlanta Braves on September 17, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves beat the Mets 6 - 4.  (Photo by Andre
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    Feliciano has a good ERA for a relief man over his career. Through his career he has a 3.31 ERA and can really bring some great stuff to the mound.

    He is a great middle reliever and should help the Yankees in that department.

Strikeouts

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    NEW YORK - JULY 31:  Jesus Feliciano #27 of the New York Mets gets a shaving cream pie in the face in celebration from teammate Pedro Feliciano #25 after scoring the winning run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning on July 31, 2010 at Citi
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    Feliciano can really strike a guy out. In 2010 he had 56 strikeouts. Although this number may not seem high, he gets done what needs to be done.

    His ability to throw strong pitches as a lefty separates him from others.

Doesn't Allow Many Hits

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Pitcher Pedro Feliciano #25 of the New York Mets against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 1, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    He is great about not allowing too many hits. He only averages about 1.5 hits per inning, which is great for a relief pitcher.

    He will allow the Yankees some insurance in knowing that he will be able to hold a game if they need him to.

Doesn't Give Up Home Runs Often

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    WASHINGTON - JULY 01:  Pedro Feliciano #25 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 1, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    This past season, he only gave up one home run, which is impressive for appearing in 92 games. This will be beneficial for the Yankees, as they can count on him not giving up the big play.

Experience

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    NEW YORK - MAY 06:  Pedro Feliciano #25 of the New York Mets pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on May 6, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Feliciano brings great experience to the Yankees team. He has been in the big leagues since 2002 and knows how to manage a game. This is a great asset to the Yankees.