Cubs reportedly nearing deal with reliever Feliciano

Southpaw spent nine seasons with Mets, didn't appear in Majors in 2014

Cubs reportedly nearing deal with reliever Feliciano

The Cubs are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign left-hander Pedro Feliciano -- who made his name as a workhorse reliever -- to a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training.

The deal, which would include a base Major League salary of $700,000, was first reported by FoxSports.com. The club has not confirmed or commented on the reports.

Feliciano, 38, spent last season with the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, pitching in 22 games and posting a 5.57 ERA. This deal comes after he performed well for Santurce during his 19 appearances in Puerto Rico this winter.

Feliciano was once one of the stalwarts of the Mets' bullpen, leading the league in appearances for three straight seasons from 2008-10. He turned that performance into a large free-agent contract with the Yankees, but he never pitched for them due to a torn rotator cuff he sustained during Spring Training in 2011.

Feliciano did not pitch in the Majors again until 2013, when he appeared in 25 games with the Mets.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.