Pirates sign Neftali Feliz for $3.9 million

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Neftali Feliz, who was dropped by the Rangers in July and then non-tendered by the Tigers in December, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Pirates.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the contract is worth $3.9 million, which is a pretty solid payday and just slightly less than Feliz was projected to make via the arbitration process if the Tigers had kept him around.

It’s also a nice landing spot for a formerly great closer who hasn’t been the same since blowing out his elbow in 2012, as the Pirates and pitching coach Ray Searage have shown an ability to turn around the careers of other veteran pitchers.

Feliz still throws hard and is only 28 years old, but he posted a 6.18 ERA in 48 innings last season and has a total of just 64 strikeouts in 84 innings since returning from Tommy John surgery. He figures to begin the season in a setup role for the Pirates.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.