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Neftali Feliz | Relief Pitcher | #30

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
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 recorded his first save of the season in Monday's win over the Cardinals.
Mark Melancon was unavailable after pitching each of the previous three days. Juan Nicasio began the ninth inning after a perfect eighth but was pulled after issuing a one-out walk. Feliz gave up an RBI double and walked a batter but closed it out when Matt Holliday flied out to end it. He's unscored upon in his last nine appearances and boasts a 2.84 ERA with over a strikeout per inning. Jul 4 - 7:02 PM

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Neftali Feliz worked a perfect inning on Thursday and has allowed one run in four innings this spring.

The Pirates were disappointingly cheap over the winter, but they did invest $3.9 million on a bounce-back season from Feliz, even though they're set in the eighth and ninth innings with Tony Watson and Mark Melancon. Feliz is probably going to get the seventh over Jared Hughes and Arquimedes Caminero is he remains strong.
Mar 10 - 4:04 PM

Pirates signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier in the day Wednesday and it has now been made official. Feliz was non-tendered by the Tigers in November after posting a rough 6.38 ERA and 39/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings last season. Pittsburgh will take a chance on getting him back on track, and Bucs pitching coach Ray Searage is the right man for that job. Feliz still has the velocity. There's hope here.
Jan 6 - 1:54 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Pirates and free agent reliever Neftali Feliz have agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

Feliz struggled to the tune of a 6.38 ERA over 48 appearances between the Rangers and Tigers last season, but his secondary numbers weren't terrible and he saw an encouraging boost in velocity. It's a worthwhile gamble for Pittsburgh.
Jan 6 - 12:10 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that initial interest in Neftali Feliz is "strong."

Feliz was non-tendered by the Tigers last week, as they didn't want to pay him the roughly $5 million he was slated to make in arbitration. However, the reliever shouldn't have trouble finding someone willing to gamble on him despite a 6.38 ERA and 39/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings in 2015. Feliz is expected to get a guaranteed contract.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 06:04:00 PM

Tigers non-tendered RHP Neftali Feliz.

It's not a big surprise, as Feliz made $4.125 million in 2015 while posting a 6.38 ERA and 39/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings between Texas and Detroit. The former American League Rookie of the Year Award winner was simply not worth the raise he would have seen in his final year of arbitration. He is now a free agent.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 03:23:00 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that the club hasn't decided whether it will tender Neftali Feliz a contract.

It seems unlikely that they will. Feliz posted a 6.38 ERA over 48 appearances for the Rangers and Tigers (including a 7.62 mark with Detroit) in 2015 and is projected by to make $5.2 million in his final year of arbitration. If the Tigers do decide to bring him back, they seem likely to non-tender him and then sign him to a smaller deal.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 07:27:00 PM

Neftali Feliz recorded the final two outs of Monday's 7-4 victory versus the Rangers to pick up his 10th save.

Feliz entered with the bases loaded and one out, and allowed two of the inherited runners to score on a Prince Fielder single. However, he ended the game by inducing a 6-4-3 double play out of Adrian Beltre. Since joining the Tigers, Feliz is 4-for-7 in save situations with a 7.16 ERA and a 23/7 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 11:55:00 PM

Neftali Feliz converted his first save as a Tiger Wednesday, disposing of the White Sox in order in the ninth inning.

Feliz blew a save Tuesday but manager Brad Ausmus went right back to him the next day and he was able to seal a three-run victory with ease. The former Ranger holds a 6.31 ERA on the season and a 7.62 mark since joining the Tigers but looks to be the favorite for saves down the stretch with Bruce Rondon out of the picture.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 04:20:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 01:52:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 12:55:00 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.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 12:30:00 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.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 08:38:00 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.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 10:52:00 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.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 02:44:00 PM

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C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Adam Frazier
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jeff Locke
4Jameson Taillon
5Tyler Glasnow
6Steven Brault
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Juan Nicasio
7Ryan Vogelsong
8Jon Niese