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Friday, January 17, 2014
Neftali Feliz, Alexi Ogando seal deals

ESPNDallas.com

The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with right-handed pitchers Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando on one-year contracts for the 2014 season, the club announced Friday. Feliz's deal is for $3 million, and Ogando's is for $2.625 million.

Feliz and Ogando had been eligible for salary arbitration.

The Rangers exchanged salary figures Friday with their lone remaining arbitration member, infielder/designated hitter Mitch Moreland, and they are more than $1 million apart.

Moreland believes he should get $3.25 million in 2014, and the club put out a $2.025 million figure. The midpoint, should the sides meet there to avoid a hearing, is $2,637,500.

If the sides can't agree, the case would go to an arbitration hearing where one of the two figures would be selected.

The Rangers haven't gone to a hearing since 2000.

Moreland, who hit .232 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs last season, faces a changing role in 2014. Prince Fielder is now the first baseman with Moreland serving as a backup first baseman who could also get some at-bats at DH and in corner outfield at times.

Feliz made six appearances for the Rangers last season, throwing 4 2/3 scoreless innings after returning from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery.

Ogando, who made three trips to the disabled list last season, pitched 104 1/3 innings and finished 7-4 with and 3.11 ERA over 23 games (18 starts). He had the seconnd-lowest ERA and opponents batting average (.231) among all Rangers pitchers with at least 80 innings pitched last season.

Information from ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett was used in this report.