UPDATE: Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Feliz has elected free agency. Teams shied away from claiming him because of his remaining salary, but he should draw plenty of interest now that he’s free to sign anywhere. It’s also worth noting that he’s arbitration-eligible for 2016.
6:26 p.m. ET: 29 teams passed on Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz, as Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the former American League Rookie of the Year Award winner went through waivers unclaimed. He can choose whether to accept an outright assignment to the minors or opt for free agency.
Feliz was recently designated for assignment by the Rangers after posting a disappointing 4.58 ERA and 16/9 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings this season. The 27-year-old began the year in the closer role, but Rangers manager Jeff Banister moved away from him in mid-May and Shawn Tolleson has since emerged as the team’s top option.
While Feliz still has the name recognition based on his early promise, he hasn’t been the same pitcher since his Tommy John surgery in 2012. He’s still owed a little over $2 million for the remainder of the season, so it’s not all that surprising that nobody took a chance on him.
The Rangers have designated reliever Neftali Feliz for assignment to make room for Matt Harrison, who was activated from the disabled list, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports. Harrison hasn’t pitched since May of last season as he had spinal fusion surgery.
That the Rangers would designate Feliz for assignment is a bit surprising considering he was an effective reliever when healthy between 2009-14. This season, however, he blew three saves in nine opportunities with a 5.09 ERA and a 15/9 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings. Things didn’t get any better for him with Triple-A Round Rock, as he allowed 11 runs (nine earned) on 15 hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts in 11 innings.
Feliz is owed the remainder of his $4.125 million salary for the 2015 season and will be eligible for arbitration for one more year. He can become a free agent after the 2016 season.
Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz is back from the disable list after missing the past six weeks with an axillary abscess on his right side, but he won’t be stepping back into the closer role.
In his extended absence Shawn Tolleson grabbed hold of ninth-inning duties, converting 11 straight save chances with a 1.65 ERA since May 20, so Feliz will be worked back into the bullpen mix as a setup man.
And that role suits him better at this point anyway, because the former Rookie of the Year winner and All-Star closer hasn’t been the same since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery and struggled this season before going on the disabled list.
Rangers closer Neftali Feliz blew his third save on Saturday when he let the Indians score three runs in the ninth inning en route to a 10-8 loss. He’s only 6-for-9 in save situations with a 5.51 ERA and a 15/7 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings.
On Sunday, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that there are currently no roles in the team’s bullpen, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. That means that Feliz won’t necessarily be the go-to guy anymore when a save situation arises. Shawn Tolleson and Keone Kela have shown the best stuff of anyone in the Rangers’ bullpen thus far and figure to get some opportunities until Feliz rights his ship.
The Rangers handed the Astros their first loss since April 22 tonight with a 2-1 comeback victory at Minute Maid Park. The loss snaps Houston’s winning streak at 10 games.
The Astros had the early lead in this one, as Evan Gattis hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning. Dallas Keuchel held the Rangers scoreless over the first seven innings — and even struck out seven batters in a row at one point — but Jake Smolinski tied the game in the eighth with an RBI single while Robinson Chirinos drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly off Chad Qualls in the ninth.
Houston’s offense has been on a tear of late, but Ross Detwiler held them in check tonight by allowing just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Neftali Feliz struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning for his third save of the season.
Despite the loss, the Astros still own the best record in the American League at 18-8.