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Brewers rumors: Milwaukee close to deal with Neftali Feliz

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Feliz would likely pitch in the back-end of Milwaukee’s bullpen.

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The Brewers are close to reaching a deal with free agent reliever Neftali Feliz, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Feliz, 28, pitched well with the Pirates last season, posting a 3.52 ERA and 4.52 FIP over 53.2 innings. His success in Pittsburgh is notable because of his struggles with the Tigers in 2015, when he posted a 7.62 ERA over 28.1 innings.

Feliz underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012, but his velocity hasn’t decreased significantly the last few seasons. He will likely receive more than the $3.9 million he earned with the Pirates last year.

Milwaukee hasn’t been reluctant to move veteran arms, trading both Jeremy Jeffress and Tyler Thornburg. As a result, Feliz, who has saved 99 games in his career, almost certainly will receive an opportunity to close with the Brewers.

The Brewers’ bullpen posted a 3.61 ERA, which ranked sixth in the National League, last season, and the club was reportedly seeking relief help of late. The Dodgers were among the other teams known to be interested in Feliz.