Update: July 11, 2015 12:30 pm PT
It was pretty easy to guess that there would be at least one team who would pick up Neftali Feliz after the ten day period that the Texas Ranger’s had to trade him had ended. The Rangers’ designated Feliz for assignment on July 3.
They tried to trade him and later offered him an assignment in the minors which he refused in order to become a free agent. Well, the Detroit TIgers wasted no time in signing Feliz.
Tigers announce they have agreed to terms with Neftali Feliz.
— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) July 11, 2015
Feliz does not have a designated role in the Tiger’s bullpen just yet but his presence there can’t hurt the club whose bullpen has struggled the last couple of seasons. For more on Feliz, check out the original texts and subsequent updates below.
Update: July 11, 2015 5:30 am ET
Neftali Feliz has chosen not to remain with the Texas Rangers’ organization, which to me is no surprise. He refused an outright assignment to the minors which renders the former All-Star closer a free agent.
Feliz was the closer for both of Texas’ American League Pennants in 2010 and 2011. He pitched very well but his most memorable moment is unfortunately not a good one. In game six of the 2011 World Series with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Feliz allowed an RBI triple to David Freese that tied the game. The Cardinals went on to win game seven.
Feliz was an All-Star in both 2010 and 2011, as well as Rookie of the Year in 2010. His career started to go downhill when the Rangers attempted to turn Feliz into a starter. He ended up needing Tommy John surgery in 2012 and struggled in his return in 2013.
He entered the season with a 2.53 ERA, the lowest in Rangers’ history for a pitcher with at least 200 innings pitched. Feliz was removed from the closer role after blowing three of nine save opportunities and was designated for assignment after the Ranger’s game on July 3.
Original Text: July 5, 2015 4:08 pm PT
I know Ive been neglecting my blog for a while here. Trying to find a house, move, sell my condo etc have taken precedence as well as my new job with FanRag Sport’s Today’s Knuckleball. And if you can believe it, Im actually attempting to write this from my phone.
Anyway, this story was going to be strictly for this blog but it’s a big story and I wrote about it on Today’s Knuckleball…
The Rangers designated former All-Star closer Neftali Feliz for assignment Saturday. This was not somewhat of a surprise to me, but a huge surprise.
The Rangers DFA’d a former All-Star and Rookie of the Year, who helped lead them to not one but two American League Championship Titles.
He’s struggled this season a bit but to DFA a guy who had a 1.99 ERA in 2014 and had no remaining options for struggling a bit seems a bit rash and weird. Dont you think?
The fact that Feliz is out of options means that the Rangers have 10 days to attempt to trade Feliz or he can accept an assignment in their Minor League system or elect to become a free agent.