LHP Pedro Feliciano made 92 relief appearances for the Mets last season, the third year in a row he led the National League in that category. Acquired by the Yankees over the winter, Feliciano has been on the DL since March 7 with a rotator cuff injury Bombers GM Brian Cashman blames squarely on his fiscally-challenged crosstown rivals. From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch :
“He was abused,” Cashman (above) said. “The concern is based on the MRI. The use pattern was abusive, but the MRI itself obviously shows what he’s got. That leads us to believe this is resolvable and not a major issue.”
Feliciano’s heavy workload did not dissuade Cashman from giving Feliciano a two-year, $8 million deal to switch boroughs as a situational lefty. Cashman said that the free-agent market forced him to cross his fingers and hope Feliciano would be healthy.
“It’s a thin market when you’re out there looking for lefties, and he’s obviously one of the better ones out there,” Cashman said. “You don’t typically run to sign up guys that have been used like that.”
Putting aside for a moment whether or not Feliciano’s career was sacrificed in for the greater good of the Mets avoiding the NL East cellar, if I’m either of the Genetic Lottery Winners that do whatever tough talking Cashman’s not nudged to do on his own, I’d like to know what sort of medical due diligence was employed besides, y’know, finger-crossing.