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Brewers sign Neftali Feliz to 1-year, $5.35 million deal

The deal could reach $6.85 million if all incentives are reached.

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The Brewers have signed free-agent reliever Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $5.35 million deal, a major-league source confirmed to SB Nation. The deal includes $1.5 million in incentives that could push its full value to $6.85 million.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports first reported the agreement.

Feliz drew strong late interest from the Giants, Blue Jays and Mariners before agreeing with the Brewers, according to a major-league source. He will immediately slot into the closer role for Milwaukee, a club that has traded relievers Francisco Rodriguez, Jeremy Jeffress, Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg over the past 15 months.

Feliz, who turns 29 in May, had a bounceback year for the Pirates in 2016, pitching to a 3.52 ERA and 10.2 K/9 in 53.2 innings after signing a one-year deal with the club in early January. The former American League Rookie of the Year is the owner of a career 3.22 ERA and 99 saves over eight major-league seasons with the Rangers, Tigers and Pirates, but battled injuries from 2012 to 2015.

Feliz lefty Tommy Milone, infielders Travis Shaw and Eric Thames and catcher Jett Bandy as new additions to a rebuilding Brewers club this winter.