After being designated for assignment this past week by the Milwaukee Brewers, reliever Neftali Felix has found himself a new home by agreeing to a deal with the Kansas City Royals. It’s unclear if it’s a major or minor league deal.
Feliz signed a one-year deal worth $5.35 million with the Brewers and had a great start to the season. In his first seven appearances, he allowed just one run, two hits, and two walks with seven strikeouts and showing upper 90s velocity. However, his production diminished from there.
He pitched a 7.17 ERA with 21 hits and 13 walks against 14 strikeouts and allowing seven home runs in his final 21 1/3 innings with the Brewers. Corey Knebel would end up taking his closer role.
The Royals are expected to sell at the July non-waiver trade deadline and among the names included are Kelvin Herrera and Joakim Soria even though the team is only four games behind the American League Central leading Cleveland Indians. This could be a low-risk, high reward signing for the Royals if they can get Feliz pitching again like the start of the 2017 season and his Rookie of the Year season in 2010.
If the Royals trade Herrera and Soria, Feliz can provide veteran experience in the bullpen or perhaps bring back a young, talented player to the Royals organization.
Feliz his spent time with the Rangers, Pirates, Tigers, and Brewers during his nine-year career in the major leagues.