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Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:27 pm

By Evan Brunell

FelicianoPedro Feliciano, signed by the Yankees to be a weapon from the left side in the bullpen, has been struggling with a triceps injury. Speaking on Saturday, Cashman does not believe the former Met will be able to return until the end of April and had some choice words for his ex-employers, saying the Mets "abused" Feliciano as Jim Baumbach of Newsday reports.

The 34-year-old spent his entire career with the Mets, missing all of 2005. It took until 2006 for the Mets to really see what they had, and started using Feliciano a lot more. He appeared in 64 games for 60 1/3 innings in 2006, then followed it up with 78 games and 64 innings. Then, he really spiked, appearing in 86 (53 1/3 IP), 88 (59 1/3 IP) and 92 (62 2/3 IP) games, respectively, the last three years.

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen shot back after hearing Cashman's comments, saying Feliciano wanted the ball as much as possible as he felt he had a better rhythm when pitching more often, as the New Jersey Star-Ledger says.

"I feel badly that someone feels that way, but that was part of the reason we decided not to re-sign him," Warthen added via David Lennon of Newsday, also pointing out that this should not have been news to Cashman, who signed up to a two-year, $8 million deal in the offseason.

Cashman acknowledged the injury risk, saying he was aware of it when he signed Feliciano. Of course, that doesn't change the fact the Mets still abused him as Cashman feels, but it's tough to cry about it after signing Feliciano. Clearly, Cashman felt -- and said exactly this -- that Feliciano was one of the best relievers in what was a limited market. Still, Feliciano's long-term history is a crapshoot, as Cashman crossed his fingers when asked about his confidence in Feliciano's long-term health.

Appearing in 92 games is a ridiculous number, but was Feliciano really abused? If he feels like he needs to pitch often to keep his repetition up, the Mets were simply trying to accomodate him while maximizing his value to the Mets. In addition, it's not as if he racked up 92 innings -- his 62 2/3 innings therein mean that most of his outings were very short. The counter to this, of course, is that Feliciano had to warm up many times and come in to perform at a high level in what was most often appearances on consecutive days.

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Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:46 pm

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

Cashman will probably trade Montero, Romine, Betances and Banuelos for Javier Vasquez. Cashman will claim that the third time's a charm.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2011 12:48 pm

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

Because a guy wants the ball all the time does not mean you give it too him.  Feliciano was over used that remains a fact.  You diversify your bullpen with LHP and RHP to matchup when the time is right.  Cashman is just calling it the way he sees it.  I disagree though on over paying for Soriano...he was a bargain and can be USED as trade bait for that elusive 4th or 5th commanding starter everyone claims the Yankees need.  There is no such thing as a good 4th or 5th starter.  Even with the beloved Philly rotation you have the 2 Roys who have really been abused the last 10 years.  I'm looking for those 2 to start breaking down frequently.  No bullpen in Philly = hurt arms.  Cashman isn't the only one throwing a big checkbook around.  Pay attention and you'll find the Mets, Boston and Philly have spent big money the last few years.  The Yanks can stand pat with what they have and win the AL East.  A healthy Feliciano would be nice but when you get down to it having a 1 run lead with Mo in the BP in the 8th or 9th inning is better than having a guy you give the ball to every 4 or 5 days.  Mo is a recipe that has proven to work.  With Mo really the Yanks could have saved a ton of cash with a little more thought.  But it is nice to see AROD and TEX in pinstripes just the same.

Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: April 3, 2011 12:22 pm

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

As Cashman makes himself look like a bigger idiot with this bit**ing...   wonder how good of a GM he'd actually be if he didn't have all that money to work with?   Seems like he'd be pretty lousy, since simply throwing money at the bigger names has not worked recently for them.   Then there is just giving A-rod all that money when it was clear no one else would sign him to anywhere close to that ammount of money.   Just a fool with a big back account of someone elses money... any of us could do his job.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:03 am

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

Maybe Cashman should have done more homework if he was that worried.  It's not like this was a trade where the Mets were hiding injuries from the Yanks.  The Yanks spent the money to get him.  Maybe more research was needed.

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:56 am

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

Abuse?????  He is payed to pitch when get out there and pitch.  You don't like it , there are plenty of other jobs in the world..of course none of them pay as shut and get ou on the mound!

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:55 am

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

What a joke. This idiot is complaining after they sign him?...He just basically told Yankee Brass that he wasted 8 million dollars on a guy who was "abused"!  Too funny...I love it. Not for nothing, it's time to get another GM in here as I would love to see what someone else could put together with as much money as he needed...I mean, how hard is the GM job fo rthe Yankees????...With all his mistakes if he was the GM for any other team hew would have set them back 10 years. What team has a 200 million payroll and NO 4th of 5th starter???...this guy is a joke and needs to go.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:16 am

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

This is just a little jab in the side of the Mets organization by Cashman. He knows what he has and how many innings Feliciano has pitched over the last few yrs. He is one of the best GM's in baseball, i think we should give him the benefit of the doubt here. Suprisingly the emets pitching coach takes the opposite route in his reply and says thats why we got rid of him. There definitely no love lost between these two organizations and im sure theres more to this story than we know about.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:04 am

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano


Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2011 9:42 am

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

Cashman has nearly infinite resources, so why is he complaining?  Go buy someone else's lefty.  

And I know this is crazy, but maybe listening to scout might have told you that a pitcher who has been used alot, and who has some injury history, might be a bad pick up.  

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 7:31 am

Cashman feels Mets abused Feliciano

I am a Yankee fan, but, don't understand why Cashman would be protesting this now.  He signed the guy and now he thinks the Mets abused him?! Isn't that something you would investigate before you signed him. Now, months later he comes out with this ridiculous comments?   Sounds like buyers remorse.  Brian needs to really keep his yapper closed! 

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