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Cubs sign Scott Feldman to one-year, $6 million contract

Nov 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Scott Feldman pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning in Game 2 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington Reuters

Free agent right-hander Scott Feldman has agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs, the team announced. The deal also includes $1 million in potential incentives.

Feldman became a free agent when the Rangers declined his $9.25 million option for 2013. Texas was hesitant to stick with Feldman in the rotation even after a bunch of injuries depleted the starting pitching depth and his 5.09 ERA was ugly, but his secondary numbers were much stronger and included a 96/32 K/BB ratio in 124 innings.

Chicago previously signed Scott Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with $1.5 million in incentives, so clearly Theo Epstein and company decided to strike quickly with mid-level targets and try to find some (relative) bargains with a little upside. In a market where Jeremy Guthrie got $25 million for three years committing $11.5 million to a pair of potential mid-rotation starters seems like a sound plan.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Between the Cubs and the Red Sox, it will be interesting to see who has the most wins next season. I would be tempted to bet on the Cubs.

  2. bluesoxbaseball - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Cubs are stock-piling potential deadline trade chips.

  3. kaf39 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Going with cubs as well.

  4. APBA Guy - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    As long time readers of this site know, I have a special regard for Scott Feldman because he’s a local boy from the peninsula area south of San Francisco. So in that respect I’m glad he got a deal. I also respect Theo Epstein doing the deal for 1 year, in essence saying: this is an extended try-out, not a commitment. As long as Feldman pitches on days when the wind is blowing in, everyone should be happy. As a fly-ball pitcher, when the wind is blowing out at Wrigley, it can get real ugly, real fast.

  5. pw38 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Good luck to ya Scooter, sorry you couldn’t find a place with the Rangers. Maybe a switch to the NL will do him some good.

  6. kkolchak - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    There was a really funny article posted by Deadspin yesterday about Coyotes hanging out at a deserted Wrigley Field.

  7. chuckleberry1974 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    You’d think that at his height and with a tweak to his motion he could be better at getting the ball down and getting groundball outs. With that thick Wrigley grass and the unpredictable wind, he needs to be able to get GB outs.

  8. boyofzimmer - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Still seems weird… Moves that make sense and fit within a plan, almost too much to process after those crazy Jim Hendry days.

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