There was some speculation that Pedro Feliciano would accept the Mets’ arbitration offer and ensure himself at least $3 million in 2011, but his agent has informed the team that he’ll decline the offer.
Given some of the contracts already handed out to relievers this offseason Feliciano should have little problem securing a multi-year deal, so turning down the arbitration offer makes sense.
He’s led the league in appearances for three straight seasons while posting a 3.44 ERA, and this year Feliciano became just the fifth pitcher in baseball history to appear in 90 or more games.
Feliciano is a Type B free agent, so the Mets will receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds if he signs elsewhere.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.