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Rangers, Neftali Feliz avoid arbitration with one-year, $2.9 million contract

Jan 17, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

Neftali Feliz AP

The Rangers and right-hander Neftali Feliz have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.9 million contract, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The deal includes $1 million in performance-based incentives.

Feliz, 24, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The Rangers have him under team control through 2015.

After pitching exclusively as a reliever over his first three seasons in the majors, Feliz was moved into the starting rotation last season and posted a 3.16 ERA and 37/23 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings prior to being placed on the disabled list in May with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He attempted to rehab the injury at first, but eventually opted for Tommy John surgery in August. He’s expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2013 season, but the Rangers could bring him back sooner out of the bullpen.

  1. lazlosother - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    The old “injuries suck” post. Texas must think a lot of his potential if they are willing to pay $3 mil for him to rehab. Hope it works out for everyone, he was fun to watch.

  2. halohonk - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    3 Mil not to pitch, sounds like a good deal for the Rangers! Hope he learns some other pitches. Hes gonna lose at least 5 mph off that heater from Tommy John.

    • gt929 - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      Your medical opinion is invalid.

    • gt929 - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      For some reason, I can’t post links tonight, but I suggest you read up on TJ surgery.

      Then, if you’re not doing anything else, you could ponder how much the Angels may end up paying Pujols, Hamilton, and/or Wells not to play in the future.

      Then, take note of the proper spelling of the contraction for ‘you are,’ Dr Honk.

  3. halohonk - Jan 18, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    Last time i looked, all 3 are healthy. I bet you the angels eat a bunch of Wells $ and trade him by the deadline during the season. Hey I think the rangers need an outfielder dont they? As for surgery, once “you are” cut on, and “you are” a flame thrower, ” you are” never the same. Ask Brian Wilson

    • gt929 - Jan 18, 2013 at 6:45 AM

      I’m no doctor, but it appears that density is incurable.

    • gt929 - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      Also, Brian Wilson had his first TJ surgery in 2003, and has thrown in the high 90s, occasionally hitting 100, his whole ML career. How he recovers from his 2nd TJ is still unknown. Like I said, read up on TJ. A pitcher usually doesn’t lose velocity. Many times they appear to come back better than before because of the intensity of the rehab, and/or, because the original injury is sometimes characterized by a gradual decline, and they rehab to their original state.

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