Dec 6, 2013 5:53 PM by Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) - Right-hander Scott Feldman signed a three-year deal Friday to become the veteran presence in the Houston Astros rotation.
Feldman, who will turn 31 just before spring training begins, was 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 combined starts for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore last season.
The deal puts Feldman on a staff that includes four returning pitchers who made at least 10 starts last year and are 25 years or younger - even after 23-year-old Jordan Lyles was traded by the Astros to Colorado earlier this week.
"Everybody starts in this game young, you can really learn a lot just by watching anybody. ... I can learn from them and they can also learn from me," Feldman said. "It's just going to be great to have a group of guys that works wells and we can all get on the same page, help each other out and have a successful season."
Houston is coming off a 111-loss season.
The 6-foot-7 Feldman pitched in the AL West for Texas from 2005-12 before a one-year deal with the Cubs before last season. He was traded in July to the Orioles. He won 17 games for the Rangers in 2009 when he pitched a career-high 189 2-3 innings while making a career-high 31 starts. That was the only time he pitched more than his 181 2-3 combined innings last season.
"Going into my free agency last year, I really just was looking for a place to go where I could just try to prove to everyone that I was capable of starting 30 games," Feldman said. "It was a big year for me. ... Just honestly, I felt like all I really needed was an opportunity, and I'm glad I was able to make the most of it."
Feldman, who was born in Hawaii, loved living in Texas before and his wife is from the Houston area. He was originally drafted by the Astros but didn't reach a deal then before going to college. The Rangers took him in the 30th round of the 2003 amateur draft.
Feldman has made 234 career major league appearances, including 131 starts. He has a 51-56 record with a 4.62 ERA, and made nine relief appearance in the 2011 postseason when Texas went to the World Series.
"We wanted an experienced starter to anchor our pitching staff," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "Scott is a great fit with our club. He throws strikes and gets ground balls, and will be a great example for the rest of our young rotation."
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