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The Philles decline Feliz's option

Nov 9, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

There are a metric butt-ton of third basemen on the market this winter, so the Phillies decided that it was not worth paying their current one $5.5 million:

The Phillies have declined the option for 2010 on third baseman
Pedro Feliz’ contract, general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced in a
press release. The Phillies had a $5.5 million option, a $5 million
salary for 2010 and a $500,000 buyout.

Feliz, 34, batted .266 with 12 home runs and 82 RBI in 158 games for
the Phillies this past season. With runners in scoring position, he hit
a team-best .336, which ranked 13th among all National League players.

They could still bring back Feliz at a lower price. Or the could go after Chone Figgins, Adrian Beltre, Garrett Atkins, or Mark DeRosa, all of whom except DeRosa are younger and each of whom bring one thing or another to the table that Feliz does not. Beltre could be the best option in that his defense is just as good as Feliz’s and his offensive upside is superior.

  1. lar @ wezen-ball - Nov 9, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    A “metric butt-ton”, eh Craig? So, how does that convert to imperial units? Is it 10% more than the standard, American butt-ton? I mean, it sounds like a lot, but I like to work with some better precision…

  2. comeonman - Nov 9, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    THE PHILLIES LOST EVERYTHING A FEW DAY’S AGO TO THE YANKEES SO HE CAN’T BE THAT GOOD……….
    THE YANKEES ARE CHAMPIONS OF BASEBALL.,,,,,,, AGAIN

  3. GBS - Nov 9, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Thank you for yet another superfluous apostrophe, comeonman. As if the all caps isn’t gift enough.

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