Pedro Feliciano has been a valuable asset for the Mets since 2006, but having led the league in appearances for three consecutive years, some fear he may be worn out.
Feliciano was such a common sight for Mets fans in 2010 that SNY announcer Gary Cohen dubbed him the nickname “Perpetual Pedro”. Sure he has appeared in a handful of games in recent years but for several consisted of him throwing just one or two pitches. That is the beauty of being a lefty specialist. To be honest, I don’t think Feliciano will ever run out of gas and wouldn’t be surprised if he is pitching at age 50. He doesn’t throw hard and was blessed with a rubber arm. He definitely still has tons of value in the league.
The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the several teams looking to spend for a utility player this off-season.
I have always been a fan of Nick Punto and at this point in his career he is nothing more then a defensive replacement. He was injured for a majority of last season and can’t hit a lick at the plate. But watching Punto play the field is a thing of beauty. He may not have the look of a great infielder but he finds a way to get the job done.
Several sources are saying that Javier Vazquez will be returning to the team that drafted him.
The Nationals are determined to find a front-end starter, especially with Stephen Strasburg out for all of next season. I think Vazquez can be that guy. I don’t take any stock into what happened with the Yankees last year. Like Derek Lowe and Jon Garland, he simply doesn’t miss starts (unless pulled from the rotation). This is exactly what Washington needs. If they can get him for a reasonable price, I would consider him one of the better pick-ups of this off-season. He would be a guaranteed 12 wins and knows the NL East well, having been with the Atlanta Braves in 2009 and the Montreal Expos from 1998 to 2003.
Chop-N-Change wonders why the Braves didn’t make a move to pick up the recently traded David DeJesus.
DeJesus is an interesting player. I don’t know why, but I feel as though he never really reached his full potential. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in Kansas City your whole career. The Braves really need to find a power bat this off-season. Brian McCann led the team with 21 home runs and 77 RBI and those aren’t “slugger” type numbers. What Atlanta decides to do with left field could be the difference between reaching the post-season or watching it at home.
Joe Capozzi gives us the latest on the long list of injured Florida Marlins and what the team plans to do with the bullpen.
There is no getting around the fact that the Marlins bullpen was absolutely terrible last season. They need to explore the free agent market and hope they can get lucky because as we all know, relievers are unpredictable. Acquiring someone like Kerry Wood or J.J. Putz would be a solid pick up, or even bringing back Guillermo Mota. That being said, Florida won’t be looking to spend too much, which likely means they will be staying away from the big names.