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December 6, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Feldman Aims for the Stars

by Russell A. Carleton and Craig Goldstein



HOUSTON ASTROS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Reportedly agreed to sign RHP Scott Feldman to a three-year, $30 million contract. [12/6]

Here at BP, when we hear that the Astros are signing someone, we usually start planning a funeral for someone on staff. On Friday, the Astros tried a different approach and instead signed an actual MLB player. Scott Feldman, 31-year-old groundball specialist right-handed starter, heads for Houston where he will make about a third of what the entire MLB payroll was last year for the Astros. I don't know that there's a lot to say about Feldman as a pitcher. He generally posts an xFIP around 3.80, has thrown 180 innings in each of the past few years, and is younger than I am. He has seen his average fastball velocity drop below 90 mph in the past few years, but he was never a guy who relied on strikeouts to begin with. He's not ace material, but that's a nice pitcher to have around on a staff, and the price for one of those on the free agent market has been roughly 9 or 10 million per year for three or four years (cf. Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie). The Astros seem to have bought at market price. Those are the most maddening moves to analyze because there's no one at whom I can scream. Everyone is acting so... sensibly. I guess I'll just have to go pick a fight about Jack Morris.

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