Saturday, December 18, 2010

Feliciano Joins Bullpen

It wasn't who I wanted (Randy Choate), and it was for more years and more money than I would have liked to see them spend (2/$8 mil w/ a club option for a 3rd), but the Yankees have their 2nd lefty in the bullpen and his name is Pedro Feliciano.

Dude has been a workhorse in terms of appearances, leading the NL in that category in each of the last 3 seasons, so the Yanks should get their money's worth assuming he doesn't get hurt.  And as a lefty specialist, Feliciano gets the job done (.214/.282/.297 tripleslash career vs. lefties) with a solid groundball rate.

At the very least he gives the Yankees another option to turn to in late game situations against Ortiz, Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford, and that isn't a bad thing.  At the most he could team with Boone Logan to become a pair of absolute lefty stoppers, which would allow Joe to play the matchup game that he loves so much.

(** Site note: back at home in CT for the holidays, which means working on the computer that time forgot again.  So no links until the 27th.  But trust that my posts are still legit.  I mean, it's not like I work for the NYT or anything **)