Cashman: Mets “abused” Feliciano
Interesting quotation today from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who told reporters in New York that the Mets “abused” reliever Pedro Feliciano in recent years.
That riff came two days after the Yankees placed Feliciano on the disabled list with a strained left rotator cuff.
And perhaps Feliciano was overused — he did set and break his own franchise record with 86, 88 and 92 appearances over the past three seasons. But Cashman is the one who invested two years and $8 million in the lefty, despite Feliciano’s decreased strikeout rate and greatly-increased walk rate — all at the age of 34. Citing the prohibitive cost to retain Feliciano, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson never seriously considered bringing the popular lefty back to Flushing.
Take from that what you will.
*****UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Here’s Yankees writer Bryan Hoch’s story from New York, complete with pitching coach Dan Warthen’s comments from Miami.
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