The Cubs are nearing a one-year deal with Scott Feldman, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). Agent Matt Brown represents the free agent right-hander.
Feldman appeared in 29 games for the Rangers this past season, making 21 starts and pitching as a reliever eight times. He finished the season with a 5.09 ERA, 7.0 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 and a 42.2% ground ball rate in 123 2/3 innings. Dave Cameron of FanGraphs identified Feldman as one of the best buys available for teams seeking value at the back of their rotations, explaining that Feldman resembles Brandon McCarthy in many ways.
The Rangers declined their 2013 option for Feldman last month, choosing a $600K buyout over a $9.25MM salary.
This post was originally published on November 27th, 2012.