Pedro Feliciano and the St. Louis Cardinals are close to a deal that would send the left-handed specialist and former New York Mets reliever to the Cardinals minor league organization, according to Steve Nations of KSDK.com.
Feliciano threw live batting practice to Cardinals minor leaguers Friday morning. Management will send him out Saturday in a simulated game to see where he is in terms of command and velocity. – Steve Nations, KSDK.com
The Cardinals bullpen has struggled this season, so assuming Feliciano does well in the minors, I would expect to see him with the Cardinals very soon. A veteran presence in the flaring bullpen may just be what the Cardinals need.
Feliciano, who is 37 years old, pitched in 25 games with the Mets in 2013 posting a 3.97 ERA in 11 innings. It’s not impressive by any means, but it’s still lower than the Cardinals bullpen ERA of 4.11 this season. He has a career 3.33 ERA over eight plus big league seasons.
In addition to his time with the Mets, Feliciano spent two seasons in the New York Yankees organization between 2011 and 2012, however due to a shoulder injury, he never pitched in a big league game. He spent much of those two season on the disabled list and in the minor leagues.
He also spent the 2005 season in the Japanese Pacific Coast League before returning to the Mets in 2006.