The Astros have signed Scott Feldman to a 3-year $30 million deal according to Ken Rosenthal.
Source: Feldman agrees with #Astros, three years, $30 million, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2013
Feldman, 30, is coming off a solid season from both the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. Between the two teams, Feldman had a 3.86 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 181.2 innings pitched. Feldman’s numbers were more impressive with the Cubs (3.46 ERA) than they were with the Orioles (4.27 ERA) though that’s expected when going from the NL Central to the AL East in the middle of a season.
Jeff Luhnow hinted the Astros were close to several moves regarding pitchers and that a deal could be done before the Winter Meetings. It appears the second domino has fallen in the Astros offseason plans and more could be on the way.
A 3-year deal is not such a large commitment in baseball these days. Some may feel $10 million a year is a lot for a starting pitcher, but that’s where the market is at these days. Earlier this offseason, the Minnesota Twins inked Phil Hughes to a 3-year $24 million deal. Feldman is a better pitcher between the two, and the Astros hope he can produce a sub-4.00 ERA.
Feldman will turn 31 before the season begins. Feldman has a career 4.62 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 9 career seasons. Feldman spent most of his career with the Texas Rangers, before signing a 1-year $6 million deal with the Cubs at the beginning of the 2013 season. Feldman was traded to the Orioles midway through the season, before becoming a free agent this offseason.
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