Cubs sign Feliciano to Minor-League deal, Spring Training invite
The Cubs are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign left-hander Pedro Feliciano, who made his name as a workhorse reliever, to a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training.
The deal was first reported by Jon Morosi of Fox Sports with a base Major League salary of $700,000. The club has not confirmed.
Feliciano was once one of the stalwarts of the Mets bullpen, leading the league in appearances for three straight seasons from 2008-2010. He turned that performance into a large free agent contract with the Yankees, but he never threw a pitch in pinstripes. He was discovered with a torn rotator cuff before Spring Training in 2011 and the Yankees blamed his injuries as a result of overwork from his years with the Mets.
He never fully recovered, and did not pitch in the Majors again until 2013, when he appeared in 25 games with the Mets.
Feliciano, 38, spent last season with the Cardinals Triple-A affiliate, pitching in 25 games and posting a 5.57 ERA. This deal comes after he performed well during for Santurce during his 19 appearances in Puerto Rico this winter.