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Neftali Feliz agrees to 1 year, $4.125M deal

The Texas Rangers avoided salary arbitration with closer Neftali Feliz after the sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $4.125 million Friday.

Feliz, who earned $3 million last season, regained the closer's role after the team traded Joakim Soria to Detroit in July. Feliz picked up 13 saves and posted a 1.99 ERA while making 30 relief appearances after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Feliz ranks fourth in franchise history with 87 saves. Opponents have hit only .179 against him, the lowest mark in club history among pitchers with at least 200 innings.

There were questions regarding Feliz's velocity when he regained the closer's spot, but as the season progressed his fastball -- his primary pitch -- reached the upper 90s. Club officials said during this offseason that they had no problem giving Feliz the closer's role back, considering his velocity became more consistent and he was able to finish games.

The Rangers hope to avoid salary arbitration with two more players, left-handed starter Ross Detwiler and first baseman/DH Mitch Moreland, who exchanged salaries with the club on Friday.