Rangers decline option on Feldman

The Rangers did not pick up the options on pitcher Scott Feldman and Yoshinori Tatayama. Here is the release they sent out.

Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers announced today that the team has declined its 2013 club options for right-handed pitchers Scott Feldman and Yoshinori Tateyama, making both pitchers free agents.  The Rangers have also reinstated right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz from the 60-day disabled list and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Justin Miller from Triple-A Round Rock.

Feldman, 29, has spent his entire career in the Texas organization since he was selected in the 30th round of the 2003 June draft.  He was 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA (70 ER/123.2 IP) in 29 games/21 starts for Texas in 2012.  In his major league career, Feldman has gone 39-44 with a 4.81 ERA over 204 games/101 starts.

Tateyama, 36, has gone 3-0 with a 5.75 ERA (39 ER/61.0 IP) over 53 relief appearances with Texas the past two seasons, his only major league action after a 12-year professional career in Japan.  He had 3 stints with the Rangers in 2012, allowing 17 earned runs in 17.0 innings.

Feliz, 24, had season-ending “Tommy John” ligament transplant surgery performed on his right elbow by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister at the Medical Center of Arlington on August 1.  He was originally placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 19 and transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 16.  He was a part of the club’s Opening Day rotation, going 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA (15 ER/42.2 IP) in 8 games/7 starts.

Miller, 25, did not pitch this season after having successful surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on April 18.  The surgery was performed by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister at the Medical Center of Arlington.  The Rangers placed Miller on unconditional release waivers on April 23 and re-signed him to a minor league contract on April 30.  Miller has gone 14-6 with a 2.84 ERA over 118 games in the minor leagues, all as a reliever.  He was the Rangers 2011 Minor League Reliever of the Year.

5 Comments

Wish the best for Tateyama and Feldman wherever they go. I know Tateyama was well liked by the team and believe Feldman was also. Sorry things did not work out for them to stay with the Rangers.

Just because the Rangers declined their options does not mean grantee they won’t be back with the team.

True, but Tate in 17 innings of relief gave up 17 runs and Feldman really cold, really hot and really cold for 6 games at a time……

thank you feldman. you won me over as a fan.
you never stopped trying, not once did you quit when things were going the wrong way.

best wished for you in the future.

Feldman has a lot of upside but 9+ million is probably too much. I was one of his big supporters. Check out how many runs the Rangers scored for him in those losses

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