New York Dragons ace William Febres, who became a free agent last month after failing to agree to a new contract, has now signed to a 2-year deal worth $27.2 million with the Detroit Motorheads, it was announced.
The 7-time All-Star, who won a Sandy Koufax Award in 2009 with the Denver Highlanders (now Denver Danger), was coming off one of his best seasons since 2012, when he first joined New York.
Though his record was 4-8 through 20 starts, he was a key piece of the New York rotation, delivering devastating 100 mph fastballs and sick changeups that led to his career-best and Lake League leading 188 strikeouts through 118.1 innings. His ability to send batters back to the bench led to a league-best 14.3 K/9, his highest since achieving 15 K/9 in 2012.
He had 10 or more strikeouts in 13 starts this year, and was notorious difficult to earn walks off of.
New York had no doubt had concerns over his age – he is 34 – and his proneness to injury. He was injured four times this past season, including nursing shoulder inflammation early on in the year, often a death knell for starting pitchers.
But he persevered and finished the year in fine form. Detroit was not as concerned about his injury history, and if he stays healthy he will be the anchor for the rotation through 2018, joining Jose Munguia and Jason Connery in what could form one of the best rotations in the Lake League West division.