By: Michael Ganci

Former Mets Reliever Pedro Feliciano Passes Away

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Sad news across Mets’ world today as former left handed reliever Pedro Feliciano passed away in his sleep Sunday night. He was just 45 years old. This is according to a tweet from Eduardo Perez.

Feliciano never pitched for another team, as he spent nine years in the orange and blue. One of the best relievers in Mets’ history, Feliciano had a 3.33 ERA as a Met. Feliciano was notably paired with righty Chad Bradford, which formed one of the best bullpen tandems in the game at the time.

Following the 2010 season, Feliciano became a free agent, and the Mets, as per their usual financial constraints, were unable to bring him back. Instead, he signed a two year deal with the Yankees, although he never threw a pitch for them.

The Mets ultimately got a compensatory pick from the Yankees for signing Feliciano, and they used that to draft Michael Fulmer, who was ultimately dealt to the Detroit Tigers as part of the deal to acquire Yoenis Cespedes, who was integral in the Mets push to the 2015 World Series.

Rest in peace Pedro.

UPDATED: 12:57 p.m.

The Mets have released a statement:

“The Mets are so saddened to hear of the loss to their family today. Pedro Feliciano will be remembered as a beloved member of the Mets organization for his impact as a great teammate as well as his reputation as one of the most competitive, durable and reliable relievers during his time in Queens. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Feliciano family. Rest in peace, Pedro.”

About Michael Ganci

Michael Ganci is the Co-Founder of the Daily Stache, along with Matthew Falkenbury. Since 2008, Ganci has eat, drank and dreamt all things Mets, and he'd have it no other way. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @DailyStache.

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