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The Chicago Cubs continued their wise spending spree this offseason, signing former Texas Rangers starting pitcher Scott Feldman to a one year deal worth $6 million. Feldman's signing comes on the heels of the Cubs signing former Minnesota Twins starter Scott Baker to a one year deal worth $5.5 million. Feldman is also a nice value signing for the Cubs, after he was scheduled to make $9.25 million for the Rangers in 2013 before they declined his option, making him a free agent. While I like the Baker contract more than the Feldman signing, that's not to say that Feldman joining the team isn't a bad move. Despite a 5.09 ERA for Texas in 123 2/3 innings last year, Feldman's FIP was more than a run lower at 3.81, and he struck out three times as many hitters as he walked. Away from the Ballpark in Arlington, a place where pitchers tend to fall apart, Feldman allowed just a .658 OPS in 2012 and cut his home run rate down to a much-more palatable 0.61 per nine innings...
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