Matthew Pouliot

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After three years, Pedro Feliciano returns to majors

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Pedro Feliciano had his contract purchased by the Mets on Friday and is back in the majors for the first time since 2010.

After making a whopping 92 appearances with the Mets in 2010, Feliciano signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees over that winter. He went down the next spring with what was originally called triceps soreness and then missed two years after shoulder surgery. He returned to the Mets on a minor league deal this spring, only to be set back by a heart condition. As if that wasn’t enough, after debuting in the minors in April, he was stricken by a case of severe food poisoning that cost him over a month.

Feliciano, who turns 37 later this month, ended up posting a 1.29 ERA and a 19/4 K/BB ratio in 21 innings in the minors. His velocity isn’t what it used to be, but he might still be capable of finessing his way through some left-handed hitters. Regardless, it’s a nice story that he’s getting another shot. He was a horse for the Mets in the second half of the last decade. From 2007 through 2010, he averaged 86 appearances per year.

To put that in perspective, since 2007, only two other pitchers have made 86 appearances in a season: Jon Rauch (88 in 2007) and Peter Moylan (86 in 2009). Last year, the major league leaders had 80 appearances.

Report: Red Sox owner John Henry to buy Boston Globe

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Peter Gammons reports that Red Sox owner John Henry will be the new owner of the Boston Globe.

It’s surprising news, as the Boston Globe, reporting on its own fate, stated last week that Henry had dropped out of the bidding.

The New York Times previously owned 17.75 percent of the Fenway Sports Group, the company that owns the Red Sox and NESN, only to sell its shares in 2011 and 2012. It announced its intentional to sell the Globe back in February.

If Henry completes his purchase of the Globe, the already cozy relationship between the Red Sox and the paper could grow more intertwined.

The bids for the Globe were expected to come in around $100 million, according to Bloomberg. The Times originally paid $1.1 billion, mostly in stock, to acquire the Globe in 1993.

Pirates bump top prospect Jameson Taillon up to Triple-A

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Jameson Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft after Bryce Harper, is on his way up to Triple-A Indianapolis after getting promoted by the Pirates on Friday, the Altoona Mirror’s Cory Giger reports.

Taillon was 4-7 with a 3.67 ERA and a 106/36 K/BB ratio in 110 1/3 innings for Double-A Altoona. He still hasn’t truly dominated at any level — he’s 15-18 with a 3.70 ERA since his pro debut in 2011 — but given his excellent stuff and history of fine walk rates, he’s regarded as one of the game’s top five pitching prospects. It’s doubtful that he’ll see the majors this year, but he could be broken in next season much like Gerrit Cole was this year.

Once that happens, the Pirates could have all of the following top-11 overall draft picks on their roster:

Neil Walker – 2004 11th overall
Andrew McCutchen – 2005 11th overall
Pedro Alvarez – 2008 2nd overall
Tony Sanchez – 2009 4th overall
Jameson Taillon – 2010 2nd overall
Gerrit Cole – 2011 1st overall

Assuming all goes well with Taillon and Cole, then it’s a good guess that they won’t be picking in the top 11 again anytime soon.