The Mets have asked left-hander Pedro Feliciano to go to Triple-A for a month to build up his arm strength, and informed Feliciano he will not make the team's Opening Day roster, the southpaw told ESPNNewYork.com.

Feliciano said he will strongly consider opting out and signing elsewhere, since he believes he is major league ready now.

"They told me I'm going to Triple-A for a month and get my strength back," Feliciano said. "I have to talk to my agent first and then see what we're going to decide."

The Mets' decision came at the deadline to inform Feliciano whether he had made the club. Remaining with the club at the minor league level would obligate the Mets to give him a $100,000 retention bonus because of his veteran status.

Feliciano's spring training was stalled midway through camp by a heart issue that turned out to be non-alarming. His fastball has hovered in the 82-83 mph range.

A former workhorse with the Mets who logged a franchise-record 92 relief appearances in 2010 before an ill-fated two years with the Yankees that included shoulder surgery, Feliciano had a 2.08 ERA and .222 opponent batting average this spring.