Scott Feldman clears waivers, rejects assignment to minors

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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.

2017 Preview: The American League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central

Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?

As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins

2017 Preview: The National League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East

The Washington Nationals crave a playoff run that doesn’t end at the division series. The Mets crave a season in which they don’t have a press conference about an injured pitcher. The Marlins are trying to put the nightmare of the end of the 2016 behind them. The Phillies and Braves are hoping to move on from the “lose tons of games” phase of their rebuilds and move on to the “hey, these kids can play!” phase.

There is a ton of star power in the NL East — Harper, Scherzer, Cespedes, Syndergaard, Stanton, Freeman — some great young talent on ever roster and, in Ichiro and Bartolo, the two oldest players in the game. Maybe the division can’t lay claim to the best team in baseball, but there will certainly be some interesting baseball in the division.

Here’s how each team breaks down:

Washington Nationals
New York Mets
Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves