The Reds have reached agreement on a one-year, $2.3 million contract with righty Scott Feldman, according to FOX’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal could max out at $4.5 million with incentives.
Feldman, who turns 34 in February, seems to have a good shot at cracking Cincinnati’s Opening Day rotation in the wake of Dan Straily being traded to the Marlins for three prospects. The Reds currently have Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan and Robert Stephenson projected as rotation pieces, and could still add a veteran in free agency.
Feldman split last year between the Astros and Blue Jays, posting a combined 3.97 ERA, 6.5 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in 77 innings over 40 appearances (five starts). His time with Toronto (8.40 ERA in 15 IP) was a lot less successful than his final half-year in Houston (2.90 ERA in 65 IP), lessening his free-agent value.
Feldman had been a starter for his entire career before transitioning into a bullpen role for Houston to begin the final year of the three-year, $30 million deal he signed with the Astros before the 2014 season. He is a veteran of 12 major-league years with the Rangers (2005-12), Cubs (2013), Orioles (2013), Astros (2014-16) and Blue Jays (2016).