ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The St. Louis Cardinals are working out former New York Mets lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano in Jupiter on Friday with hopes that he might earn a contract with the club.
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.
Feliciano throws a fastball, cutter, slider, sinker, and the occasional curve. FanGraphs rates all of his pitches as "plus" pitches. He led the National League in appearances for three consecutive seasons ('08-'10) before injuries cost him two full seasons in '11 and '12. Feliciano resurfaced for 25 appearances last season, posting an ERA below 4.00 for the Mets.
The Cardinals could use a reliever as much as anything.
While Kevin Siegrist, Carlos Martinez, and Trevor Rosenthal have been serviceable, the rest of the pen is a mess, with a revolving door of triple-A relievers trying their hand and Randy Choate getting battered to the tune of a near-7.00 ERA, something needs to be done, especially from the left side.
If Feliciano has a successful appearance, he could sign a minor league contract with the club this week and begin working his way back to the majors.