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.