The Rangers have officially begun cleaning house and parting ways with players.
RHP Scott Feldman had a club option worth $9.25mil that the Rangers could have picked up to keep him here for one more season, which would have made him a FA at the end of 2013. Instead, he is $600,000 richer, his option was bought out and Scott is free to sign wherever he would want to play. This move isn’t shocking by any means, but if he stayed the one last year, I feel he could have helped as a strict long reliever. As we all know, baseball is a business and sometimes it’s just better to move on though. Adios, Scooter.
RHP Yoshinori Tateyama is also hitting the road and leaving after two seasons with the club. He’s approaching age 37 and there just isn’t a spot for him on the MLB club. He did not have any effectiveness left in him, he was taken out by injury in 2012 and wasn’t able to bounce back at all. Add that to his age… it was just time for him to go. I wish him the best for the future.
Also pitching related: The club officially reinstated RHP Neftali Feliz from the 60-day disabled list. Now, we wait and see how long he will still have to go before he can start baseball related activity again. There is no need to rush and it’s already been said that when it’s time, he’ll be rehabbed as a bullpen pitcher.