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Ed Wade over-hypes Pedro Feliz

Mar 1, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

Pedro Feliz headshot.pngAnother rite of spring: puffing up the value of some new acquisition. Here’s Astros’ GM Ed Wade on what new third baseman Pedro Feliz brings to the table:

Feliz started at third base in the past two
World Series with Philadelphia, and also appeared in the 2002 Series
with San Francisco. He’s played in 10 postseason series and 37 playoff
games in his career.

“If other players are paying attention, they can
just see that this guy has been through the battles, he knows what it
takes to get to the finish line,” Astros general manager Ed Wade said.
“Having been there and having that understanding of what it takes to
get there is a big plus, and other players can feed off that.”

If simply hanging around winners brought value, teams would have lined up to sign Luis Sojo, Clay Bellinger, Mark Lemke or Charlie Silvera back in the day, all of whom, by Wade’s definition, knew “what it took to get to the finish line.”

Here in the real world people know that, unless he brought Ryan Howard, Chase Utley or Barry Bonds to Houston with him in his suitcase, Pedro Feliz’s postseason experience isn’t going to do much of anything to hep the Astros.

  1. Jonny5 - Mar 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Nope, but if they need a solid 3rd baseman, he does bring something to the team. His Defense is very good. His offense? Well not so good….

  2. YX - Mar 1, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    “He’s played in 10 postseason series and 37 playoff games in his career.”
    I wouldn’t exactly call that a good ratio.

  3. kingofzed - Mar 1, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    I’m from Philly so I’m biased because I saw too much of Ed Wade but just the right amount of Pedro Feliz. He is a good thirdbasemen. He has one of the best arms in Baseball but lacks range when fielding. He is an average hitter and strikes out a lot. All fantastic reasons why he didn’t fit in Philly where we got the perfect replacement not named Figgans. I alway liked Polonco and I thought they were crazy to keep David Bell instead of him. But back to the topic at hand post season experience does help and he is a solid guy with two big shiny rings and a lot of stories to encourage the guys to work. What Wade said is correct and you are blowing it out of proportion.

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