Truth be told, when the Houston Astros first signed Scott Feldman, I was skeptical. Still am a little bit. The more I think of it, the more I like the signing. When news of it first broke on twitter, there was a bit of a mixed reaction. If fact, mine was something like “NOOOOOO!!” I wasn’t a fan of the money, nor was I too thrilled about the years on the contract. The Yankees, Orioles, Twins, and Astros were all interested in the former Oriole. However, it was the Astros who locked him up for 3 years, 30 million dollars.
Feldman isn’t a high profile signing, but he certainly makes the Astros better today than they were yesterday. He isn’t going to change this franchise, but he certainly adds some wins to the Astros this year. Last year with the Chicago Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles, Feldman went 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA. According to Steamer, a FanGraphs projector, projects that Feldman will go 12-11 with a 3.91 ERA. His FIP (fielding independent pitching), which measures what a pitcher’s ERA would be if the performance on balls in play were league average, is projected to be 3.67. Oliver, another FanGraphs projection, projected Feldman to finish with a record of 10-8, an ERA of 3.61, and a FIP of 3.97. Oliver projects his WAR (wins above replacement) to be 1.6, while Steamer projects his WAR to be 2.6.
The more I think about this trade, the more I like. Feldman’s strikeout to walk ratio is creeping up to about 3/1. Feldman isn’t the most spectacular signing, but he is effective. He eats innings, he gets groundballs, he doesn’t walk many. Overall, this signing isn’t a spectacular deal for the Astros, but it is a decent one.