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.
The Oakland A’s have designated reliever Liam Hendriks for assignment.
Hendriks got blown up for four runs on four hits — two homers — in an inning of work yesterday and the A’s have apparently seen enough. It’s been a rough go if it all around, really, as he’s posted a 7.36 ERA over 13 appearances.
Hendriks, who appeared in 70 games last season, signed a one-year deal last winter to avoid arbitration. The deal is for $1.9 million, so anyone claiming him off of waivers or trading for him will owe him a bit over half of that. Given the durability the eight-year veteran has shown in previous seasons that’s not out of the question, but his ineffectiveness this year, combined with a groin problem that caused him to miss some time, may give suitors pause.