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Scott Feldman clears waivers, rejects assignment to minors

Jul 14, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

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Scott Feldman predictably cleared waivers, as no team wanted anything to do with the $9 million he’s still owed through next season, but the veteran right-hander has rejected an assignment to the minors and forced the Rangers’ hand.

At that point their choice was to either release him outright, eating the remainder of his contract and making him available to any other team for the minimum salary, or activate him from the disabled list for his first MLB action since last September.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that they’ve decided to activate him and he’s expected to be in uniform tonight after spending the entire first half sidelined following knee surgery. Feldman never deserved the multi-year contract he got from the Rangers, but prior to the injury he was a decent enough mid-rotation starter and he’ll likely try to work his way back into the team’s plans as a low-leverage reliever.

  1. Richard In Big D - Jul 14, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    One ridiculously great season for a borderline Major League pitcher, and he aquires the means to retire comfortably before the age of 30. What a country!

  2. klbader - Jul 14, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    I am a fiercely pro-Union person, but when I see these less-then-marginal, highly overpaid players refuse to reassignment to the minors, I want the player to get released and owners to collude so that the player never again sees a major league stadium unless he buys a ticket. Way to be a team player there, Meat. Take up a major league roster spot and refuse the opportunity hone your craft that you aren’t such a massive disappointment. This tactic worked out so well for Oliver Perez. It is just a shame that he will be making $9 million dollars for being a terrible pitcher and teammate.

    • medtxpack - Jul 14, 2011 at 3:23 PM

      thanks for defining all Unions for us! haha….

      “less-then-marginal, highly overpaid players refuse to reassignment to the minors”

      • klbader - Jul 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

        I see I made a typo. Well you certainly have countered all the points I made in my argument there. Well done.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      Nobody forced the Ranges to give him that contract. If he goes to the minors his future earnings capacity is greatly diminished. Would you set yourself up for a smaller paycheck to help your co-workers out?

      • klbader - Jul 14, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        I don’t agree with the premise here. If he stays in the majors and doesn’t immediately start pitching well, he will get virtually no opportunity to pitch. He won’t have a chance to get better. He could go down to the minors and put up some good numbers, maybe have an opportunity to work on a few things, and he might improve his future earnings capacity. It is possible that he wouldn’t, but it isn’t a given that accepting the minor league assignment would hurt him in the long run.

  3. Detroit Michael - Jul 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    A billionaire owner and a millionaire player are free to make a binding contract and the player can insist on his rights under that contract. What a country!

  4. sportsguygerald - Jul 15, 2011 at 4:50 AM

    The reason the Rangers wanted him to go to AAA was so he would stay stretched out as a starter instead of being the long man/ mopup guy at the end of the bench. If his cutter and confidence are back, he’s a nice guy to have at the bottom of the rotation. Still some question about the health of the knee and how well it has recovered from the microfracture surgery. It will be interesting to see how well that he responds to coming into the fifth or sixth inning a couple of times a week. As far as the contract, there are a lot worse on big league rosters. 4.4 million for this year, 6.5 million next year and a 9.5 millillion club option with a 600k buyout for 2013. At the time it was signed, he was the best thing the Rangers had ready for the big team rotation. That was before CJ proved he could be a successful starter and the signed Lewis to a bargain basement contract to come back from Japan. Harrison, Hunter and Holland were all unknown quality and it sure wasn’t like signing someone like Lackey, Perez, Pavano for the kind of money they got in free agency and the results they offered up. He has looked decent in his rehab stint and I think that there could be some pitching needy contenders regretting passing the chance to claim him. Most likely, there will be similar quality pitching traded for at the deadline.

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