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.
With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.
Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.
That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.
The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.