CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Feldman, 29, has pitched all or part of the last eight seasons with the Texas Rangers (2005-12), going 39-44 with a 4.81 ERA (389 ER/727.2 IP) in 204 appearances, 101 as a starter. The versatile righthander has made 20 or more starts in four of the last five seasons while also making 30 relief appearances in that span. He began his major league career by pitching exclusively in relief his first three seasons before transitioning into a starting role in 2008.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Feldman enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2009 when he went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA (86 ER/189.2 IP) in 34 appearances, including a career-high 31 starts. He ranked among American League leaders in wins (tied for fourth) and winning percentage (seventh, .680) while setting a single-season franchise record with 12 wins on the road. He was named the Rangers Opening Day starter a year later and went 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA (86 ER/141.1 IP) in 29 appearances (22 starts) in 2010.
After missing the first half of the 2011 campaign to recover from right knee surgery, Feldman joined the Rangers after the All-Star Break and went 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA (14 ER/32.0 IP) in 11 appearances (two starts). He went 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA (5 ER/13.2 IP) in nine post-season relief outings.
Feldman went 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA (70 ER/123.2 IP) in 29 outings (21 starts) with the Rangers last season.
Originally selected by the Rangers in the 30th round of the 2003 Draft, Feldman made his major league debut just two years later when he posted a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in eight relief outings in 2005.
Feldman was born in Kailua, Hawaii and resides in Peoria, Ariz.