Rangers ink Scott Feldman to three-year extension

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Scott Feldman throwing.jpgThe Rangers have signed right-hander Scott Feldman to a three-year, $13.325 million contract extension, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. The contract includes a $9.25 million club option for 2013, or a $600,000 buyout.

Feldman and the Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2,425,000 contract in January, however it was overwritten by the new deal, which covers all three of his arbitration years. The 27-year-old will make $2.425 million in 2010, $4.4 million in
2011 and $6.5 million in 2012.

Feldman enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2009, finishing 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 34 games (31 starts). Though he made for a really nice story, the reality is that he posted an underwhelming 113/65 K/BB ratio over 189 innings, all the while surviving with a largely unsustainable .275 batting average against.

In other words, don’t be surprised to see him pitch like a No. 3 starter during the length of this contract. Still, that’s probably a pretty nice bargain given the small price tag.

Rangers set ALDS rotation: Gallardo in Game 1, Hamels in Game 2

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Setting their rotation for the beginning of the ALDS versus the Blue Jays, the Rangers announced that right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 and left-hander Cole Hamels will start Game 2.

Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts this season, but averaged just 5.6 innings per start and hasn’t completed six or more innings in a start since mid-August. Clearly the Rangers will be hoping for five or six innings from him before turning it over to the bullpen.

Hamels, on the other hand, averaged seven innings in his 12 post-trade starts for the Rangers, including tossing a complete-game against the Angels in the regular season finale. He’s obviously the Rangers’ best starting pitcher, but because Hamels was needed to clinch the division title in Game 162 he’s not available to start Game 1 of the playoffs.

Indians promote Chris Antonetti to President, name new GM

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In the seemingly never-ending trend of front office officials getting new titles, the Cleveland Indians just announced that General Manager Chris Antonetti has been promoted to President of Baseball Operations and Mike Chernoff is now the GM.

Antonetti has been the Tribe’s GM for the past five years and is moving up in the wake of team president Mark Shapiro moving on to Toronto. Shapiro, however, also held business side responsibilities which Antonetti will not assume. Meaning, as before, he will be the top guy on baseball ops decisions, albeit with a grander title.

Chernoff has been an assistant GM for five years and has been with the organization for the past 12 years. As many new GMs these days he will, functionally speaking, still be an assistant when it comes to baseball decisions.