According to a variety of reports on Twitter, Scott Feldman has signed a one year deal with the Chicago Cubs. Feldman will make $6 million in 2013, plus has the opportunity to make another $1 million in incentives.
Feldman was a 2003 draftee, part of the draft class that included John Danks and Ian Kinsler. A draft-and-follow pick in the 30th round, Feldman was converted to throwing sidearm while in the Rangers' system, and had a couple of solid seasons in the bullpen in 2005 and 2006. After a disappointing 2007 campaign that had some urging that he be dropped from the 40 man roster that offseason, the Rangers made him a starter and had him throw overhand again.
After a 2008 season in which he didn't have great numbers, but kept taking the ball as almost every other starting pitcher fell by the wayside, Feldman had a breakout campaign in 2009, posting a 4.08 ERA in 189.2 innings, with a 4.31 FIP, despite being dumped out of the rotation at the start of the year so that
Jamey Wright Kris Benson could start.
It was downhill after that, however, with Feldman struggling in 2010, having knee surgery after the season, spending much of 2011 on the d.l., and bouncing back and forth between the bullpen and rotation in 2012.
Feldman is, like Brandon McCarthy before him, looking to rebound from a disappointing few years in Texas by signing a one year deal and getting back on track. And McCarthy has publicly gone to bat for him, calling Feldman "probably the best bargain out there."
Best of luck to Feldman in Chicago.