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Phillies exploring other options at third base

Nov 6, 2009, 6:56 PM EDT

pedrofeliz.jpgWhen asked if Pedro Feliz will return next season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hedged a bit:

“More than anything else, we want to see what options may be out there
for us and decide whether picking his option up is best suited for this
club to try to move forward,” Amaro said. “He had a solid year for us.
I like the man personally. He’s a great person and a great teammate,
but I also believe in trying to improve and sometimes change can be for
the better. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to, but it’s just
something that we’re thinking about.”

The Phillies have until Monday to
decide whether to pick up Feliz’s $5.5 million option for 2010. Feliz,
34, is known for being one of the best defensive third basemen in the
majors, however he batted a modest .266/.308/.386 with 12 home runs and
82 RBI in 2009. His .694 OPS was the third lowest among third basemen
with at least 500 plate appearances.

If the Phillies choose to exercise
his $500,000 buyout, they’ll have plenty of alternatives in the
free-agent market. Adrian Beltre and Chone Figgins would both be
upgrades offensively, with fine defensive reputations, to boot. Only
thing is, they’ll certainly ask for more than the $5.5 million Feliz
would make.

  1. smokehouse - Nov 6, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Pedro Feliz helped get them 2 straight NL pennants and one world series title. Why change. He’s a solid at third base.

  2. jagjad02 - Nov 7, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Because hit cannot hit the ball. He is a great feilder but there are other good fielders who actually are productive at bat. Feliz had the best year at the plate as he is going to have and that is not good enough.

  3. Ditto - Nov 7, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Even if you are content with the dance partner you have, sometimes you have to try to find a better partner in between dances. Especially when there are options available that can dance at the plate as well as in the field.
    That being said, Go Yankees!

  4. Mike M - Nov 7, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    They have alot of pop in lineup and defense saves many runs. 82 RBI shows his ABs were often productive even if his BA/OPS not impressive.

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