Former Texas Rangers right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. Read more about it here on ESPNChicago.com. Feldman will start for the Cubs and make $6 million guaranteed with another $1 million in incentives possible.
Feldman, who pitched for parts of eight seasons in Texas, became a free agent when the club declined a $9.25 million option for 2013, instead buying out the pitcher for $600,000.
Feldman got a new contract from the Rangers after going 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 31 starts in 2009. He was the Opening Day starter in 2010 thanks to those efforts. But he wasn't able to duplicate those numbers. He injured his knee and eventually had surgery, missing parts of 2010 and the first half of 2011. He was used more out of the bullpen and as a spot starter after that.
Some of what Feldman had to say about the deal (from the ESPNChicago.com story):
"Starting is something I have always wanted to do during my career," Feldman said. "When (Cubs executives ) gave me the go ahead on that and let me know I was in their plans from the get-go it was something that made me very interested in coming (to the Cubs )."
Feldman's best season came in 2009, when he went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 31 starts.
"That was a year where everything just started clicking for me," Feldman said. "For the first time in my career I was getting regular work in the starting rotation, and I got into a groove and got a lot of confidence getting out there every five days. Judging that season (2009 ) compared to this season I just feel like I am a better pitcher now even though the results were kind of a mixed bag for me last year. Confidence-wise and all my pitches, I believe I am able to do more now than I did in 2009."