Reds tab journeyman to start Opening Day
CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) - The Reds announced on Monday that journeyman Scott Feldman will start on Opening Day, which is April 3 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The 34-year-old Feldman was signed by the Reds as a free agent on Jan. 26.
"It's pretty cool," Feldman said, according to Reds.com, "Obviously, I know the history about Cincinnati being kind of like the capital of Opening Day, so it will be pretty cool."
This will be his third career Opening Day start overall.
The Reds are the sixth team he has pitched in his 12-year Major League career and the fifth different team since 2013.
He pitched for the Texas Rangers from 2005-12; for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles in 2013; for the Houston Astros from 2014-16 and also for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016. He pitched mostly in relief in 2016, making just five starts out of his 40 appearance. For his career he has a 71-77 record and a 4.40 ERA in 183 starts and 321 appearances.
Feldman has made three starts for the Reds in Spring Training and is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and seven strikeouts in eight innings.
It's not like the team had a lot of choice options to make the Opening Day start. Anthony DeSclafani would have likely been the Opening Day starter, but he is on the disabled list, while the team chose to bump Brandon Finnegan to the No. 2 starter spot. Finnegan has a 7.94 ERA in four Spring starts.
After Feldman and Finnegan the door is still wide open to fill the final three spots in the rotation.
Feldman signed a one-year deal with the Reds on Jan. 26 that guarantees him $2.3 million. He has a chance to make an additional $2.2 million based upon starts.