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."