Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have signed reliever Neftali Feliz. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert confirms the report and adds that it’s a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Feliz, 29, spent last season with the Brewers and Royals, compiling an aggregate 5.48 ERA with a 37/23 K/BB ratio in 46 innings. He went on the disabled list in August last season with ulnar nerve palsy, but was recently deemed healthy by Dr. James Andrews.
As the type of contract indicates, Feliz will have to perform his way onto the Diamondbacks’ 25-man roster out of spring training.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”