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Dodgers Sign Former Rookie of the Year Pitcher Neftalí Feliz

Another power arm in the organization.



The Dodgers are going to continue adding arms in the 2021 season until they get to a place where they feel completely healthy. Even then  Andrew Friedman has shown that he’s willing to take a flyer on a veteran arm looking for a job. 

This week, the Dodgers are scooping up a former Rookie of the Year pitcher. The team reportedly signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a minor league deal this week and he will compete for a big-league opportunity. 

Feliz pitched 2 games for the Phillies this year before being released. In those 2 games, he was charged with 4 earned runs over 1 inning of total work. The Dodgers will look to get him back to his 2010 form when he dominated the league. 

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Feliz locked down 40 saves for the Rangers that year and pitched to a 2.73 ERA and 2.96 FIP. He struck out over 9 batters per 9 innings and walked away with a 0.88 WHIP on the year. He was also lights out in the Championship Series and World Series that year. The Dodgers would ideally like to replicate that success. 

He spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons out of affiliated ball and bounced around the big leagues before that. The Dodgers will be his 8th team that he’s spent time with since being designated for assignment by the Rangers in 2015. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. It’s just look-and-see, nothing to lose… @ least they’re exploring. Weeding out the losers, and maybe finding a Diamond @ no cost. Buying some time for the pitching staff until the trade deadline. Injuries to May, Knebel, Graeterol, Price, Nelson, Gonsolin, and others have put a strain on the staff. I’m quite confident the Front Office will do something significant before the deadline, until then relax and see any of these 2nd chance and no- names can help temporarily.

  2. “2010 from when he dominated the league.” 2010?!? A slight play on words, but there’s been a LOT of domination in the league since then.

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