Scott Feldman made his final start of the season last night, and it wasn't pretty. It also wasn't indicative of his time spent in an Orioles uniform.
Feldman had allowed three earned runs or fewer in his last eight starts before the Red Sox shelled him. The Orioles won't judge him on it.
The question is, will they re-sign him?
Feldman will become a free agent following the season, and he's a favorite of manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles would like to retain him, but maybe not if another club steps up with a three-year offer.
Here's the list of pending free-agent pitchers, courtesy of MLBTradeRumors.com. And yes, I'll be reprinting it many times over the next four months:
Bronson Arroyo (37)
Scott Baker (32)
Erik Bedard (35)
A.J. Burnett (37)
Chris Capuano (35) - $8MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
Chris Carpenter (39)
Bruce Chen (37)
Bartolo Colon (41)
Jorge De La Rosa (33) - $11MM club option
Scott Feldman (30)
Gavin Floyd (31)
Jeff Francis (33)
Freddy Garcia (37)
Jon Garland (34)
Matt Garza (30)
Chad Gaudin (31)
Roy Halladay (37)
Jason Hammel (31)
Aaron Harang (36) - $7MM+ mutual option with a $2MM buyout
Dan Haren (33)
Roberto Hernandez (33)
Tim Hudson (38)
Phil Hughes (28)
Ubaldo Jimenez (30) - may void $8MM option for 2014
Josh Johnson (30)
Jeff Karstens (31)
Scott Kazmir (30)
Hiroki Kuroda (39)
Jon Lester (30) - $13MM club option with a $250K buyout
Colby Lewis (34)
Ted Lilly (38)
Tim Lincecum (30)
Paul Maholm (32)
Shaun Marcum (32)
Jason Marquis (35)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (33)
Randy Messenger (32)
Ricky Nolasco (31)
Roy Oswalt (35)
Mike Pelfrey (30)
Wandy Rodriguez (35) - $13MM player option with a $2.5MM buyout
Ervin Santana (31)
Johan Santana (34) - $25MM club option with a $5.5MM buyout
Joe Saunders (33) - mutual option
James Shields (32) - $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Jason Vargas (31)
Ryan Vogelsong (36) - $6.5MM club option with a $300K buyout
Edinson Volquez (30)
Tsuyoshi Wada (33) - $5MM club option
Jake Westbrook (36) -- $9.5MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
Chien-Ming Wang (34)
Barry Zito (36) - $18MM club option with a $7MM buyout
I asked Showalter yesterday about his interest in keeping Feldman for next year's rotation. I mentioned how this could be the right-hander's last start as an Oriole. Here's the exchange:
Showalter: "What do you mean last start? You think this is his last start? Roch, what would you do? What would you do?"
Me: "As far as bringing him back next year? I think he'd be valuable."
Showalter: "OK, how many years would you give him?"
Me: "Am I setting the market?"
Showalter: "Yes, I have interest in Scott. Same reason why we traded for him. I knew Scott over in Texas. I had a feeling what we were going to be getting from a consistency standpoint. A professional, a teammate, somebody the Orioles would be proud of. Scotty's a good man and any team would would be lucky to have him. And we hope it's here in Baltimore. That's how I feel."
And that feeling didn't change last night. Not before Feldman took the mound and not after he left it in the third inning.
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