What would your reaction be if I told you that the Phillies could add 20 home runs and solid defense at third base? You would probably be pretty happy, right?
What if I told you that Phillies signed Giants thirdbaseman Pedro Feliz? Same reaction? Probably not. Either way, both of those things just happened this afternoon, as the Phillies signed Feliz to a 2-year free agent contract.
Feliz has now had 4 straight 20 home run seasons, though his batting average over that period has been as low as .244 and only once was higher than .253. Honestly, I do not know what I think about this signing. It only just happened. I will think more about it when I get a chance (I hate it when life gets in the way of “thinking” about baseball), but my initial gut reaction is that Feliz does not seem like that big of an upgrade. Am I wrong about this? Is he that much better than Wes Helms and Abraham Nunez?
The dollar figures aren’t out yet, so maybe it did not cost us that much. A lot will have to do with what the salary is. We shall see.