Brewers release former closer Neftali Feliz
Neftali Feliz’s brief Milwaukee Brewers career is over.
A month after losing his role as the Brewers’ closer to Corey Knebel and a few days after being designated for assignment, one of the Brewers’ biggest offseason acquisitions was released.
The Brewers announced the move Monday via Twitter.
Originally signed to a one-year, $5.35 million contract, Feliz was expected to fill a key need for the Brewers’ bullpen after relievers Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress were dealt last year.
Feliz made his final appearance for the Brewers last week, allowing a home run in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
It was the second home run Feliz had allowed in as many games, and his eight of the season.
Feliz made 29 appearances for the Brewers, registering eight saves while allowing 18 earned runs and eight home runs in 27 innings pitched.
The 2010 AL Rookie of the Year after finishing with a 2.73 ERA in 70 appearances for the Texas Rangers, Feliz was outrighted off the Rangers’ roster in 2015, signing with the Detroit Tigers.
He struggled in Detroit, allowing 24 earned runs in 28 1/3 innings.
Feliz impressed last season as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, finishing with a 3.52 ERA through 53 2/3 innings pitched.