One of the reasons the Yankees went out and signed Pedro Feliciano this offseason is because he has been one of the most durable — or depending on your point of view, overworked — relievers in baseball over the past few seasons. In fact, he’s never been on the disabled list in eight major league seasons.
That all might change.
Multiple sources tell Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Feliciano could begin the season on the disabled list due to tricep soreness in his throwing arm. The 34-year-old southpaw hasn’t pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 9 and is simply running out of time to get ready for the start of the season.
If Feliciano requires a DL-stint, Romulo Sanchez and non-roster invitee Luis Ayala are considered the likely replacements. Mark Prior, who has a 1.35 ERA and 10/4 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings this spring, is still a longshot to make the Opening Day roster.
Update (5:16 PM ET): ESPN’s Pedro Gomez is reporting that the deal is final.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox and outfielder J.D. Martinez are close to a deal. He takes care to note that the deal is not done yet and the details are not known yet.
Martinez, 30, entered the offseason as the top free agent hitter. Last season, between the Tigers and Diamondbacks, he hit a lusty .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances. He missed the first 33 games of the season with a sprained right foot; one wonders what his numbers might’ve been like if he hadn’t been injured.
The Red Sox were the team most strongly linked to Martinez throughout the offseason, despite the relatively slow-moving market. Martinez said he wants to play in the outfield and the Red Sox are currently spoken for at all three positions with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, and Mookie Betts. Hanley Ramirez is also penciled in at DH. Should the Martinez deal become official, the Red Sox may try to trade Bradley and move Benintendi to center field. If Martinez is willing to concede his outfield wishes, the Red Sox could slot him in at DH and move Ramirez to first base.
The AL East is shaping up to be a familiar two-horse race between the Red Sox and Yankees. The addition of Martinez, in a way, answers the Yankees’ addition of Giancarlo Stanton.