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Milwaukee Brewers may be close to signing Neftali Feliz, per report

Milwaukee could be close to signing a new closer

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The Brewers have been looking for a late-inning reliever ever since they traded Tyler Thornburg to Boston during the Winter Meetings. It looks like they may be getting close to a deal with former Ranger and Pirate Neftali Feliz.

The buzz started with a couple of rumors tweeted by unverified sources (h/t to Jim Goulart of for the good eye to spot these):

For those who haven't been in Spanish class for awhile, the second roughly translates to Feliz having a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Brewers.

As the day has progressed, more reputable sources are chiming in on the connection.

Brewers beat writers haven't said much on the topic, but that’s because they're working to confirm the interest or a pending deal.

Heyman says a deal is indeed close.

We wrote up Feliz as a possible free agent target for the Brewers earlier this winter. A former Top 10 prospect in all of baseball, Feliz has had a long road back from Tommy John surgery, resurrecting his career last season in the Bucs' bullpen. He made $3.9 million last year, putting up a 3.52 ERA in 53.2 innings with a 10.23 K/9 and 28% K%, but he still walked 3.5 batters every 9 innings.

Stay tuned for more details as they come in.

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