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Mets to offer Feliciano arbitration

Pedro Feliciano

Pedro Feliciano

#25 RP
New York Mets

2010 STATS

  • GM92
  • W3

  • L6

  • BB30

  • K56

  • ERA3.30

The Mets plan to offer salary arbitration to Pedro Feliciano by Tuesday's midnight deadline, GM Sandy Alderson said. Feliciano has a week to accept, although declining would not preclude the Mets from re-signing the left-handed reliever.

Feliciano earned $2.9 million this past season, so he likely would be in line for a one-year deal approaching -- if not reaching -- $4 million if he accepted salary arbitration.

The Mets now will pick up a draft pick between the first and second rounds if he signs elsewhere.

The decision to offer Feliciano arbitration might come as a modest surprise, since devoting that type of salary to a reliever in a season when the perception appears the Mets might not spend a ton of money seems at odds.

"I think I've tried to be clear from the outset that we are not going to be big players in the free-agent market this year," Alderson said. "Our goal is to be players every year. We have a little less flexibility this time around. But the free-agent market is certainly something we're keeping our eye on. The free-agent market extends through January. So we have a lot of time to go. We'll see where we are at the end of that time frame."