The Milwaukee Brewers, who have traded away two of their closers, Jeremy Jeffress and Tyler Thornburg, over the past year, have signed former closer Neftali Feliz to a one-year deal, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Feliz is expected to become the team’s new closer.
Source: Reliever Neftali Feliz has agreed to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 19, 2017
Feliz’s deal is worth $5.35 million for 2017, but incentives in the deal will be worth $1.5 million if Feliz achieves them. The $1.5 million in incentives would max the deal out at $6.85 million. The incentives are currently unknown at the present time.
Feliz, age 28, was one of the top five pitching prospects in baseball prior to the 2010 season and was named the Texas Rangers‘ closer that same year. Feliz would remain in the closer role until he was traded to the Detroit Tigers after a poor performance in 2015. In 2016, Feliz worked out the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ bullpen, pitching to a 4-2 record with a 3.52 ERA and 2 recorded saves in 62 appearances.
The deal is considered a win-win for each side, as the Brewers are out of options to slide in at closer and Feliz can test the free-agent market after this off-season with a nice rebound with Milwaukee.