It's been a long, strange trip for Pedro Feliciano.

Today, the 36-year-old left-hander has come full circle in his journey, returning to the New York Mets on a minor-league deal after two injury-plagued seasons elsewhere.

The Mets are the only MLB team that Feliciano has ever known. Sort of.

Technically, they're the only MLB team he's ever played for, in the regular season at least.

Feliciano earned the nickname, "Perpetual Pedro" after repeatedly breaking the MLB record for most appearances in a season, culminating in an astonishing 92 in 2010.

The lefty specialist (.214 AVG vs lefties in his career) made an eye-popping 266 appearances for the Mets from 2008 to 2010, with nary a nick or scratch to slow him down.

However, when the New York Yankees gave him a guaranteed two-year, $8 million deal in 2011, Perpetual Pedro was nowhere to be found.

After eight years of injury-free play in Queens, Feliciano injured his shoulder in spring training with the Yankees, an injury that required surgery and never allowed him to wear the pinstripes.

For their trouble, the Yankees paid Feliciano $8 million not to pitch, and the Mets acquired pitching prospect Michael Fulmer with the compensation pick they got for losing Feliciano.

While he hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2010, Feliciano had a 1.23 ERA in seven appearances in the Puerto Rican Winter League, which is a good sign, health-wise.

For the Mets, it's a low-risk move to sign "Perpetual Pedro" to a minor-league deal, and it's an opportunity for Feliciano to make an MLB comeback in a very familiar place.

When he was at his best, Pedro Feliciano was one of the most effective lefty specialists in the big leagues. He always looked good in blue and orange. Who says you can't go home again?

 

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