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January 17, 2013

Rangers, Neftali Feliz avoid arbitration

Right-hander Neftali Feliz agreed to a one-year deal for $2.9 million plus incentives, avoiding arbitration and leaving outfielder David Murphy as the Rangers’ only remaining arbitration-eligible player.

General manager Daniels was hopeful that Feliz, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and won’t be ready until July or August, and Murphy could reach deals ahead of today’s deadline to exchange figures.

“We’re close enough that even if we don’t reach agreement tomorrow, I’d be surprised if we end up in a hearing room,” Daniels said.

The Rangers and a player haven’t had an arbitration hearing since Lee Stevens lost out in 2000.

-- Jeff Wilson

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