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Neftali Feliz | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said RHP Neftali Feliz is available to pitch against the Twins on Saturday.
The Tigers say only Joakim Soria has a role in the bullpen, so don't be surprised if Feliz quickly ascends to the seventh or eighth inning if he's effective. There isn't much standing in his way. Jul 11 - 1:52 PM

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Tigers signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a major league contract.

The Tigers announced the news on Saturday morning, though we've not yet heard if Feliz was able to extract more than the MLB minimum. Either way, Detroit is wasting absolutely no time in adding Feliz to the roster. He will join the team today in Minneapolis and perhaps be available if needed against the Twins this afternoon. Detroit whiffed on cheap reclamation relief pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jim Johnson last year, but Feliz is a bit more tantalizing, even if some wonder if he'll ever be effective again. Since his Tommy John surgery late in 2012, Feliz's fastball velocity has fallen from 96.3 mph (across 2011) to no better than 93.7 in any of the past three seasons. Still, in this mess of a bullpen, a few good weeks could get fans clamoring for him to take over the eighth or ninth inning. Consider this: closer Joakim Soria, the most trusted of the bunch, had a 5.22 FIP in Detroit last year and has a 5.12 FIP this year.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 11 - 12:55 PM

MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo backed up Pedro Martinez's report that the Tigers will sign Neftali Feliz.

The Red Sox, Twins, Braves and Giants also put in strong pitches to sign Feliz, according to Cotillo. The former closer is probably making the right decision here. If you've seen the Tigers' bullpen recently -- hello, Brian Dozier! -- you know why. With veterans Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny gone, Feliz would immediately become a valuable bridge to Bruce Rondon and Joakim Soria. He had a a 4.58 ERA in 19-plus frames with Texas this season, but has a 2.69 career ERA in the majors. Of course, he's been imminently hittable ever since elbow surgery.
Jul 11 - 12:30 PM

According to Pedro Martinez of MLB Network, the Tigers are expected to sign free agent hurler Neftali Feliz.

The report has yet to be confirmed, but the Tigers are one of several teams known to be in the mix for the right-hander's services. Given the depth of the team's bullpen woes, which were on display in Friday's debacle against the Twins, the move would make a lot of sense for both sides.
Jul 11 - 8:38 AM

Neftali Feliz has elected free agency.

The right-hander was designated for assignment by the Rangers and passed through waivers unclaimed. By electing free agency, he is forfeiting over $2 million guaranteed from the Rangers the rest of the season. He should generate plenty of interest on the open market from teams in need of bullpen upgrades.
Jul 9 - 10:52 PM

According to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo, Neftali Feliz has passed through waivers unclaimed.

Feliz now has the choice of accepting an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock or electing to become a free agent. The 27-year-old is making $4.13 million this season and carries one more year of arbitration eligibility in 2016. He has thrown just 56 innings at the major league level since the beginning of the 2013 campaign.
Jul 9 - 2:44 PM

Rangers designated RHP Neftali Feliz for assignment.

The Rangers needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Matt Harrison who is returning from the disabled list on Saturday, but it seems like Feliz is an odd choice after he fired a pair of scoreless innings on Friday. The 27-year-old should generate interest on waivers.
Jul 3 - 11:39 PM

Rangers activated RHP Neftali Feliz from the 15-day disabled list.

He's been out with a side injury since May 19. Feliz struggled in his rehab at Triple-A Round Rock, recording a dismal 7.36 ERA over 11 innings of work. The 27-year-old began the year at closer but now he'll transition to a setup role behind ninth-inning man Shawn Tolleson.
Jul 2 - 3:42 PM

Neftali Feliz (side) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

The hard-throwing right-hander is expected to rejoin the Rangers bullpen as soon as he's eligible, but it will be in a setup role as Shawn Tolleson has been outstanding since taking the reins in the ninth inning. Before landing on the shelf, Feliz compiled a 5.09 ERA and 1.76 WHIP across 17 2/3 innings.
Jun 4 - 10:50 PM

Neftali Feliz (side) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

It will be his first time throwing off a mound since landing on the disabled list with an axillary abscess on his right side. Feliz should be ready for activation when eligible but is no longer the Rangers' closer.
May 31 - 11:29 AM

Rangers placed RHP Neftali Feliz on the 15-day disabled list with an axillary abscess on his right side.

That doesn't sound very fun. Feliz was dumped from the Rangers' ninth-inning role in mid-May and Shawn Tolleson has handled the club's last three save opportunities with relative ease. Tolleson, who boasts a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this season, is clearly the guy to own now from the Texas bullpen. There is no timetable for Neftali's return to action.
May 25 - 1:52 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said Sunday that there are currently no roles in the team's bullpen.

That means that Neftali Feliz isn't secure as the team's closer, and anyone could emerge in high-leverage situations. Feliz has struggled thus far, posting a 5.51 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 15/7 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings. One name to watch here could be hard-throwing right-hander Keone Kela, though he sports a troublesome 1.47 WHIP as well.
May 17 - 9:01 PM

After giving up a run in a tie game Tuesday, Neftali Feliz bounced back Wednesday by picking up his sixth save in eight chances.

Feliz hasn't been very good at all with his 4.11 ERA and 1.63 WHIP, but the Rangers aren't going to be quick to pull him from the closer's role even if he does blow a couple of saves in a row. He's their man, at least until Keone Kela is ready.
May 13 - 11:13 PM

Neftali Feliz escaped a jam in the ninth inning to pick up his sixth save and seal Sunday's 2-1 win against the Rays.

Feliz allowed a one-out single to Logan Forsythe, uncorked a wild pitch, then allowed a single to James Loney to put the tying run at third base. He recovered, striking out Asdrubal Cabrera and getting Tim Beckham to ground out to end the game. Feliz has struggled this season, but has now racked up four consecutive scoreless outings. He is 5-for-7 in save chances with a 4.05 ERA and a 15/5 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.
May 10 - 4:41 PM

Neftali Feliz blew a save in Friday's loss to the Athletics.

It wasn't your typical save chance, as Feliz was brought on with two on and two out in the top of the eighth inning. However, he gave up a go-ahead two-run double to Brett Lawrie and an RBI single to Mark Canha to be charged with his second blown save of the season. The 26-year-old now has a 5.79 ERA and 9/5 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings.
May 2 - 12:33 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Alfredo Simon
5Kyle Lobstein
6Shane Greene
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Bruce Rondon
3Al Alburquerque
4Blaine Hardy
5Alex Wilson
6Ian Krol
7Neftali Feliz
8Buck Farmer
9Joe Nathan