The Oakland A’s seemingly had a perfect low cost option for the bullpen in Michael Feliz. He had major league success before, including in two of his three stops this year. He seemed like a solid fit for the A’s, as he still had time under team control and would not cost much to keep for next year.
Instead, his time with the A’s is over almost before it began. Feliz was designated for assignment after spending just a few days in Oakland, as Luis Barrera is heading back to the majors.
The Michael Feliz Era is over for the Oakland A’s
Feliz only entered one game for the A’s. He allowed a hit and a walk while recording one out in that appearance, hardly an extensive time to prove himself. However, with the A’s needing an outfielder, Feliz was the clear choice to be let go.
As it is, Feliz did not have a great year. He posted a 7.20 ERA and a 1.650 WHiP over his 20 innings, issuing seven walks while striking out 22 batters. However, those numbers are also skewed by his disastrous stint in Cincinnati, where he allowed 12 runs on 13 hits and four walks over his 6.2 innings.
Despite those overall struggles, Feliz could be a solid bullpen piece for the right team. He has been an extreme fly ball pitcher, someone whose tendencies would work for a franchise with a larger outfield and excellent defense. The A’s appeared to be that type of team.
Feliz will now have a choice to make. If he clears waivers, he can refuse the assignment to Triple-A and enter free agency. Otherwise, he could remain in the A’s system and hope for a chance in 2022. As the A’s are slated to have numerous holes in the bullpen next year, Feliz could have a shot at making the roster.
The Michael Feliz Era may be over before it had a chance to begin. The Oakland A’s designated him for assignment on Monday.