Pedro Feliciano is healthy, plans to pitch in Puerto Rican Winter League

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Shoulder issues prevented Pedro Feliciano from throwing a pitch in the major leagues during his two-year, $8 million contract with the Yankees, but he’s hoping for better luck in 2013.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, Feliciano’s agent said that the veteran left-hander is healthy and intends to pitch in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Feliciano, 36, had rotator cuff surgery in September of 2010 and nearly made it back to the majors late this season before he sprained his ankle while on a rehab assignment. He’s nothing more than a lottery ticket at this point, but he could pitch his way into a spring training invite with a good showing during winter ball.

 

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.