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Rangers decline options on Scott Feldman, Yoshinori Tateyama

The right-handers will likely look elsewhere for contracts this winter.


The Texas Rangers have officially declined the 2013 options of right-handers Scott Feldman and Yoshinori Tateyama, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

In a move that comes as a shock to no one, the Rangers declined the $9.25 million option on right-hander Scott Feldman and will pay him a $600,000 buyout that makes him a free agent…

The Rangers also declined the option on righty Yoshinori Tateyama.

Feldman, 29, was moved several times between the bullpen and starting rotation in 2012, which may influence him to sign elsewhere rather than re-work a deal with Texas. The Rangers have a lot of depth in their starting rotation even without Feldman, so the right-hander will likely search for a full-time rotation spot with another club.

Tateyama, 36, pitched just seventeen innings for the Rangers this year, spending much of the season at Triple-A. Signed out of Japan in 2011, Tateyama has a 5.75 ERA in two seasons with the Rangers.