Rangers place Scott Feldman (and his contract) on waivers

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rangers have placed injured right-hander Scott Feldman on outright waivers, which means he’s available to any team willing to claim the remainder of his contract.

However, in addition to being on the disabled list following knee surgery that has kept him out of action since last season Feldman is also owed about $2 million for the rest of this year and $6.5 million for 2012, with a $9.25 million option or $600,000 buyout for 2013.

In other words, odds are he’ll pass through waivers unclaimed and the Rangers can then remove him from the 40-man roster while keeping him in the organization beyond his rehab assignment. They’d probably be thrilled if one of the other 29 teams felt like assuming the $9 million or so he’s still owed, of course, but it’s a long shot even with various contenders in the market for rotation help.

Feldman got the contract extension after winning 17 games in 2009, but even then his 4.08 ERA and 113/65 K/BB ratio in 190 innings made the Rangers’ long-term commitment a questionable one.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.