KANSAS CITY -- Scott Feldman's reversal of fortune on the mound may change the Rangers' offseason thinking. Club officials admit they now have to at least consider the possibility of picking up Feldman's option for 2013.
Two months ago that would have been viewed as not even being remotely possible. That was before Feldman ran off six straight wins and secured a spot in the rotation over Roy Oswalt.
Feldman is in the final year of a two-year extension signed before the 2010 season. He was coming off a 17-win season in 2009 and agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million contract for 2011-12 with a club option for $9.25 million in 2013. The buyout is $600,000.
"I just hope to keep pitching well and be back here for a long time," Feldman said.
The Rangers have Yu Darvish and Derek Holland signed for next year and Matt Harrison is eligible for arbritation. Oswalt, Ryan Dempster and Colby Lewis are all eligible for free agency. Lewis and Neftali Feliz are expected to miss at least the first half of next season after undergoing arm surgery.
So right now, the Rangers are looking at filling two spots in the rotation this offseason. They could move Alexi Ogando from the bullpen and two of their top pitching prospects -- Martin Perez and Justin Grimm -- made their Major League debuts this season. Zack Greinke and Kyle Lohse are the best of a mixed bag of potential free-agent starting pitchers.
So if Feldman continues to pitch well for the final two months, the Rangers may view his $9.25 million option as the best way to fill one of their holes in the rotation.
Feldman has won six straight decisions after losing his first six decisions. He is only the second pitcher in Major League history to lose at least his first six decisions and then win at least six straight. Doyle Alexander started the 1983 season with eight straight losses for the Yankees and Blue Jays, and then won seven straight.