Feliz’s time in Oakland looks as if it’ll wind up being extremely brief. The A’s just grabbed him off waivers from the Red Sox last Monday, marking four separate teams this season for the 28-year-old. He made just one appearance in green and gold, recording one out while allowing a hit and a walk last week against the Mariners.
It has been a roller-coaster type season for Feliz, who began the year with the Pirates. Pittsburgh bumped him from the roster in May, and he landed with the division-rival Reds. He performed very poorly with Cincinnati, leading to a late August release after he spent a couple months on the injured list with an elbow sprain. Boston signed Feliz to a minors deal before quickly selecting him back to the majors amidst COVID-19 spread throughout the clubhouse that left the bullpen shorthanded. With most of their key relievers back, the Sox waived Feliz themselves and he landed in Oakland.
Between the four clubs, the right-hander has worked twenty innings of 7.20 ERA ball. He’s posted fine strikeout and walk rates (24.4% and 7.8%, respectively) but the fly-ball specialist has been too prone to the home run ball and hard contact in general.
Prior to this season, Feliz spent a few years as a higher-strikeout, higher-walk relief option with the Astros and Pirates. The average velocity on both his fastball and slider are down a couple ticks from their 2016-17 peak, but he’s still generated swinging strikes on a decent 12.7% of his offerings this season.
Feliz will wind up back on waivers in the next few days. There’s less than a week remaining in the regular season, and he is ineligible for postseason play because he’s been let go after August 31. Feliz wouldn’t have much time to make an impact on a potential new club this year, although he would be controllable via arbitration next season if another team wants to put in a claim and tender him a contract. If he clears waivers, Feliz would have the right to elect free agency and get a slight head start on his hunt for a new opportunity next season.