Pedro Feliciano: Feliz Navidad, Bombers
Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house in Vegas. The odds are so stacked against you that very few people, except those getting rich from the proposition, root for the house.
Well, Pedro, welcome to the house. The house that Jeter built.
Pedro received a two-year, $8 million deal with a possibility of a third year from the pinstripes.
While the Mets suffer from unreliable relief pitching, there was always one gem in the bullpen that fans could count on to perform well, or to at least fan some Phillies: Pedro. In fact, it's a bit surprising the Phillies didn't go after Pedro just so they wouldn't have to hit against him.
In fact, as a whole, lefties hit just .211 against him last year—a high point in another dismal year from the Mets organization.
At the age of 34, this eight-year lefty veteran has spent his entire career with the Mets.
But is he sad to leave? Doesn't seem like it.
He declined arbitration and the Mets didn't pursue. However, Pedro is pleased to stay in New York. According to ESPN, Pedro stated: "I think it was a good thing to stay in New York, I mean, that's the best city in the States."
At least somebody wants to play in New York these days.
As for the Mets, a lot of questions are still unanswered. And this silence is beginning to spawn more questions.
Starting pitching? Bullpen? Infield? But these questions will no longer concern Pedro. There's only one question he will have to answer: Will he be ready to go for the Bronx Bombers?
Feliciano has set franchise records for the Mets by appearing in 86 games in 2008, 88 games in 2009 and a whopping 92 games in 2010. He's seen a lot of work, but still manages to boast a .214 career record against lefties, and overall, a 3.31 ERA.
So will his arm hold up? Will he succeed? My money's on Pedro.
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