Pedro Feliciano is the only Mets free agent who can bring back draft compensation as a Type A or Type B player and today the team announced that they will offer him the arbitration needed to get a second-round pick back if he signs elsewhere.
As one of the best and most durable left-handed relievers in baseball Feliciano figures to find a multi-year offer on the open market and is unlikely to accept arbitration from the Mets, but even if he did Sandy Alderson and company would probably be fine re-signing him to a one-year deal for what would likely be $4 million or so.
Feliciano earned $2.9 million this season while pitching in an MLB-high 92 games, posting a 3.30 ERA in 62.2 innings and leading the NL in appearances for the third straight year. He’s just the fifth pitcher in baseball history with 90 or more appearances in a season and his appearance count has gone from 64 to 78 to 86 to 88 to 92 in five seasons with the Mets.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.