Late last night, rumors were flying around the league that Pedro Feliz had agreed in principal to a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies worth an estimated $8.5 million with a club option for 2010.
With principal and performance-based incentives, the deal could be worth up to $15 million after all is said and done.
Feliz had reportedly been asking for a three-year deal worth close to $21 million as he hit the free agent market at the end of the season.
Apparently, his price has come down considerably as the 2008 season approaches.
Brian Sabean, GM of the San Francisco Giants, has repeatedly stated that he would not offer the sure-handed third baseman a three-year contract and that his price was too high.
If Feliz were willing to sign a one-year agreement, then the Giants would have considered it, but not three years.
Feliz will join a solid lineup with the Phillies that has been assembled to score a lot of runs. He will likely bat in the sixth or seventh spot in the lineup, a place that should better suit him.
The third baseman had previously batted behind Barry Bonds for a good portion of his stay with the Giants, and I believe his productivity will go up as he hits with less pressure.
But Feliz will definitely have more power hitting in the home-run happy Citizens Bank Park in Philly.
For the Giants, I am so glad they will never see him in the orange and black ever again! I’ve had too many years of watching him miss an off-speed pitch for strike three and walk himself back to the dugout.
Good riddance, Feliz!
Bring on Kevin Frandsen!