Astros sign Feldman to 3-year deal

Astros sign Feldman to 3-year deal
December 6, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Astros GM Jeff Luhnow on acquisition of Scott Feldman

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The Astros have signed free agent pitcher Scott Feldman to a three-year deal.

Feldman, 30, has spent the majority of his career with the Rangers, pitching for the team both seasons the club reached the World Series, but played for the Cubs and Orioles in 2013, finishing with a combined 12-12 record with a 3.86 ERA.

“We wanted an experienced starter to anchor our pitching staff,” said general manager Jeff Luhnow. “Scott is a great fit with our club.  He throws strikes and gets ground balls, and will be a great example for the rest of our young rotation.”

For his career, the nine-year veteran has 51-56 career record with a 4.62 ERA

The addition of Feldman gives the Astros an arm to put near the top of the rotation and a veteran presence to help the team’s stable of young starting pitchers.

Feldman's contract is reportedly worth $30 million.

His presence immediately fills the spot held by Jordan Lyles, who was traded earlier this week along with centerfielder Brandon Barnes to the Rockies for outfielder Dexter Fowler.

Feldman will likely be at the top of the Astros rotation with Jarred Cosart, while the remaining spots available will be competed for by Dallas Keuchel, Brad Peacock and Brett Oberholtzer among others.

With the addition of Feldman, the Astros' 40-man roster is at 37.

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