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 biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.
Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.