The Phillies have signed Pedro Feliz pending a physical, to a two-year, $8.5M contract with an option year. It can total $15M including bonuses and the option year. The Giants get a supplemental pick between the 1st and 2nd rounds, the 37th pick overall at the moment.
Hooray!!! Feliz Feliz es gone. I guess they have schools there for Feliz's kids. I thought his comment about "other cities have schools too" was pretty classless to me. It was he who brought up the reason why he wanted to be back with the Giants the other season, so it was legit for reporters to ask him that - he didn't have to give such a snotty answer.
Also, every year, he promises that he has turned a new leaf, that he's been training hard during the off-season, that he's doing some new thing that will make him a better hitter, and every year, it's the same old thing, only older and worse, at least offensively - I do credit him for making himself so good defensively.
And the Phillies make total sense, they were one of two teams that had worse production coming out of 3B in 2007 than the Giants, but they are competing while Pirates are not. So as bad as Feliz is, he is an upgrade for the Phillies both offensively (though marginally so) and defensively. He would also at least double and perhaps triple the number of HR hit at 3B for the Phillies, vs. 2007.
I wouldn't boo but I'm glad he's gone, I'm glad we got a draft pick, I'm glad that Frandsen's a step closer to starting at 3B, though I suspect a trade sometime in spring training to get a starting 3B.
Mainly, I'm glad the Giants are NOT going to sign Feliz. Sometimes in a relationship, it's just time to separate. It was time for Feliz to go, and while I won't wish him well, because if he does well, well, he should have done that while with the Giants and not afterward, I won't wish him ill either. With the Phillies homepark having a HR park factor of 145 in 2007 and 135 for the past three seasons for right-handed hitters, and AT&T Mays Field having 74 in 2007 and 84 for the past three seasons, Feliz could conceivably hit 30-35 homers for the Phillies - and still not walk that much.