According to Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com, the Chicago Cubs are close to signing left-handed pitcher Pedro Feliciano to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Feliciano will make an MLB base salary of $700,000 plus incentives.
Feliciano, 38, did not pitch in the Majors last year. He spent the year in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Feliciano did not fare well last season and decided to pitch in Puerto Rico Winter ball. Feliciano played on the same side as Cubs infielder Javier Baez. In winter ball, Feliciano posted a 1.98 ERA while giving up eight hits, four walks, and striking out nine in 13.2 innings pitched.
Feliciano will compete for a spot in Cubs bullpen. The Cubs are in need of a southpaw in their bullpen after trading James Russell to the Atlanta Braves at last year’s trade deadline and Wesley Wright signing with the Baltimore Orioles in December. Feliciano will compete against Zac Rosscup, Joe Ortiz (the Cubs claimed Ortiz off waivers earlier in the off-season) and pitchers that do not win the fifth spot in the rotation; Travis Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada, Felix Doubront and Eric Jokisch.
It is likely that Feliciano will start the year for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, but be good insurance in case a pitcher at the Major League level goes down.