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Neftali Feliz | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Neftali Feliz said that he is feeling no lingering effects of the biceps tightness which hampered him in September.
Feliz appeared in just one game last September due to a biceps injury, but he said that his arm is feeling 100% this spring. Prior to being waylaid by injury this past season, he had pitched to a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings. The Brewers signed him to a one-year, $5.35 million contract in January. Mar 8 - 5:56 PM

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Brewers signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $5.35 million contract.

There are some performance incentives in the deal that could push it to $6.85 million. Feliz will open the 2017 season as the Brewers' closer if everything goes smoothly this spring. A former ninth-inning man for the Rangers, the 28-year-old right-hander posted a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 frames last summer in a setup role with Pittsburgh.
Jan 19 - 12:19 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers are nearing a deal with Neftali Feliz.

Feliz rebuilt his value by having a nice season with the Pirates in 2016 in which he posted a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. Given the current state of the Brewers' bullpen, it wouldn't be surprising to see Feliz get a real shot at the closer's role. The 28-year-old owns 99 career saves, including seasons of 40 and 32 saves with the Rangers in 2010 and 2011.
Jan 14 - 1:16 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Neftali Feliz is among the relievers the Dodgers are considering.

Feliz had a nice bounce-back season in Pittsburgh last year, posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 relief innings. He'll turn just 29 in May and might be able to land a multi-year contract this offseason. Feliz would help set up for Kenley Jansen in Los Angeles.
Jan 6 - 5:52 PM

According to's Joe Frisaro, free agent Neftali Feliz is a "candidate" for the Marlins.

That might be the fallback plan if the Marlins aren't able to wrangle in Kenley Jansen. Feliz posted a nice 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He's also said to be drawing open-market interest from the Nationals, Blue Jays, and Padres.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 01:36:00 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Padres are among the teams that have checked in on Neftali Feliz.

He's also drawn interest from the Nationals. Feliz had a nice bounce-back season for the Pirates in 2016, putting up a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. He could potentially be in the mix to close in San Diego.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 06:20:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Nationals are pursuing free agent Neftali Feliz.

Washington is also believed to be in the mix for veteran reliever Brad Ziegler, along with several other contending teams. Feliz, 28, registered a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He may be able to command a multi-year deal in this market.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 02:10:00 PM

According to Adam Berry of, the Pirates attempted to work out a multi-year extension this summer with setup man Neftali Feliz.

And they're going to try to fire up negotiations again this winter, but Feliz will be an attractive target in free agency after posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pittsburgh bullpen. There is a big drop-off among free agent relievers after Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, and Mark Melancon.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 08:53:00 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Neftali Feliz (arm) is almost certainly done for the 2016 season.

No surprise here. Feliz was just recently cleared to throw off of flat ground as he continues to rehab from a bout of right arm discomfort. With mere days remaining in the regular season, a return to the major league mound would have been miraculous. The 28-year-old right-hander finishes out the 2016 season holding a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 frames.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 06:46:00 PM

Neftali Feliz (arm) has been cleared to throw off of flat ground.

Feliz sought a second opinion from Dr. James Bradley and has now received the green light for flat ground work. Right arm discomfort pushed him to the sidelines in early September. There is still no timetable for his return.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 06:43:00 PM

Neftali Feliz (arm) played catch on Friday.

So did A.J. Schugel (upper arm/shoulder). Feliz has been sidelined with right arm discomfort since last week. The right-hander leads the Pirates with 30 holds and carries an impressive 10.23 K/9 over 62 relief outings this season. The Bucs haven't established a timetable for his return.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 05:45:00 PM

Neftali Feliz (arm) is likely to remain unavailable through the weekend.

Feliz was scheduled to play catch on Tuesday but didn't feel strong enough to do that. He's been sidelined since last weekend due to a muscular issue in his right arm. It's not believed to be related to anything structural in his shoulder or elbow, which is good.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 09:29:00 AM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review hears from a source that Neftali Feliz did not suffer an injury to his elbow or shoulder and is expected to pitch again this season.

Feliz was forced to exit Saturday's game against the Brewers with what was termed as right arm discomfort. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that the issue is "more muscular than connective tissue," but either way, it doesn't sound overly serious. It's a minor piece of good news for a team which could really use it right now.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 03:44:00 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Neftali Feliz's arm issue "is more muscular than connective tissue."

Feliz has dealt with a problem with his pitching arm for a bit now and had to be pulled from an appearance Saturday when it flared up on him. It doesn't sound like a long-term concern, but it's unclear when he might be available to pitch.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 01:03:00 PM

Neftali Feliz left Saturday's game against the Brewers with right arm discomfort.

Feliz was helped off by a trainer after allowing hits to two of the three batters he faced. Felipe Rivero allowed both inherited runners to score. Until the Pirates provide an update on his status, consider Feliz day-to-day.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 10:42:00 PM

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3Andrew Susac
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3B1Travis Shaw
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
CF1Keon Broxton
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Domingo Santana
Starting Pitcher
S1Junior Guerra
2Zach Davies
3Jimmy Nelson
4Matt Garza
5Chase Anderson
6Wily Peralta
7Tommy Milone
8Taylor Jungmann
Relief Pitcher
R1Neftali Feliz
2Corey Knebel
3Jacob Barnes
4Jhan Marinez
5Carlos Torres
6Tyler Cravy
7Rob Scahill
8Andy Oliver