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Scott Feldman talks about leaving Baltimore for Houston

By Dan Connolly

The Baltimore Sun

6:36 PM EST, December 6, 2013

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Had a chance to talk to former Orioles starter Scott Feldman on Friday before he boarded a plane and flew back to California from Houston.

The 30-year-old right-hander, who signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Houston Astros on Friday, said he was "about 90 percent sure" that the Orioles never made his agent a formal offer.

That, he said, is the business of baseball and he had no hard feelings toward the organization in which he spent the final three months of the 2013 season.

“It’s really hard to get disappointed with the situation I am in, but I was at least expecting a little bit of interest from them. But it's not like I'm mad or anything,” said Feldman, who was 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA with the Orioles in 2013. “I will miss a lot of those guys. It’s just one of those things. I wasn’t sure why there wasn’t more interest, but I am thankful I could play there for three months and be in a pennant race. I wish we had gotten a little hotter there at the end and got into the postseason. I know the fans were excited for that.”

The Orioles acquired Feldman from the Chicago Cubs on July 2 along with catcher Steve Clevenger for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. They had hoped Feldman, who was close with several Orioles from their days playing with the Texas Rangers, would become comfortable in the Orioles clubhouse and want to stay.

He fit in perfectly, but ultimately said he felt like his best opportunity is in Houston, where his wife is from.

“I’m excited. This team is going to be good a lot quicker than a lot of people think. At the same time, I need to give thanks to all my former teammates and coaches that helped get me to this point,” Feldman said. “I think Houston is the team that wanted me a little more than anybody else. And I am glad it worked out.”

Overall, he said he enjoyed his time in Baltimore and will miss the staff and players, several of whom contacted him Friday to wish him luck.

“Everybody is happy for me and I’m sure if roles were reversed with someone else, I’d probably miss them, but be happy for them too,” he said. “I root for a lot of those guys and had a lot of respect for Buck [Showalter] and had some good friends over there. I hope they do some things [this offseason] and are a good team again.”

When asked if Feldman, a former 30th round pick who is now with his fourth team, could have imagined one day signing a $30 million contract, he laughed.

“Oh man, maybe in a really good dream or something,” Feldman said. “It’s crazy the amount of opportunities you get playing baseball. It’s a great game to be able to play and I consider myself very fortunate. And I’ll never take it for granted.”