Late last night, rumors were flying around the league that Pedro Feliz had agreed in principal to a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies worth $8.5 million. The contract also includes a club option for 2010. With principal and performance-based incentives, the deal could be worth up to $15 million after all is said and done if the club exercises their option.
Feliz had reportedly been asking for a three-year deal worth close to $21 million as he hit the free agent market at the end of the season. Apparently, his price has come down considerably as the season approaches. Brian Sabean, GM of the San Francisco Giants has repeatedly stated that he would not offer the sure-handed third baseman a three year contract and that his price was too high. If he were willing to sign a one-year agreement, then the Giants would consider it, but not three years.
Feliz joins a solid lineup with the Phillies who have been assembled to score a lot of runs. He will more than likely bat in the sixth or seventh spot in the lineup, a place that should better suit him. He had previously batted behind Barry Bonds for a good portion of his stay with the Giants. I believe his productivity will go up as he hits with less pressure, and he’ll get more power from the HR happy Citizens Bank Park in Philly.
For the Giants, I am so glad we will never see him in the Orange and Black ever again! I’ve had too many years of watching him miss an off-speed pitch for strike three and walk himself back to the dugout. Good riddens Feliz! Bring on Kevin Frandsen!
Barry Bonds asked the federal judge in charge of his perjury case to dismiss it today, arguing the indictment is “scattershot” and noted for its “striking inartfulness.” This gives us an inside look at how his lawyers are beginning to outline and defend their client. The attorneys said that the questions asked by prosecutors during Bonds’ December 2003 grand jury appearance were vague, ambiguous and confusing. The lawyers asked that the case be thrown out on the grounds that he couldn’t have been lying when the questions asked of him did not allow a concise response.
It should be noted that motions such as these are frequently filed but rarely granted. The lawyers are definitely trying what they can when they can to get the process streamlined as possible. Bonds has been accused of lying on nineteen different accounts of which he has been indicted on four separate charges of perjury and one obstruction of justice charge. Bonds’ attorneys argue that the instances should be detailed and charges should be filed separately, instead of being lumped together. This way, the charges can be dismissed and approached on an individual basis.
An interesting development indeed for Mr. Bonds as the season begins to get closer by the day. He is still a free agent with no potential suitors that we know about. Many teams I’m sure are waiting to find out more about his legal troubles before beginning negotiations with the all-time home runs leader. It is to be seen whether he will sign a contract for another year or if this will be the end of the slugger’s career. If it is, he’ll go away under suspicion of using performance enhancing drugs. If he gets signed for another season, the story continues and more and more records will undoubtedly fall from the pages of history.
In anticipation of pitchers having to report to Arizona for spring training here in a few weeks, the San Francisco Giants are trying to take care of the three pitchers they still have in the salary arbitration process. Today, they inked potential closer Brad Hennessey to a one year, $1.6 million contract. He will compete with Brian Wilson for the full-time closer role next season. The competition should get pretty heated as the two of them are pretty evenly matched. Hennessey has a little more experience, and Wilson, though younger, has a little better stuff. Hennessey spent the majority of last season as the closer for the Giants saving 19 of 24 save opportunities for them. Wilson, closed out the season as the regular closer for the last two weeks of the year, and did an extremely good job! I can’t wait to see them in spring ball when I go down for my annual trip to Giants Spring Training in Scottsdale.
Yesterday, Vinnie Chulk and Kevin Correia each negotiated salaries with the Giants organization. Vinnie Chulk is asking for $975,000 while the team has offered $725,000. Chulk went 5-4 with a 3.57 ERA in 57 appearances before being placed on the disabled list August 24th. He will compete for the setup role next season and will definitely come out of the bullpen.
Kevin Correia has asked for $1.3 million while the team has offered $850,000 for next season. Correia was 4-7 with a 3.45 ERA in 59 appearances in 2007, including a 3-1 mark and 2.54 ERA in eight starts. He will be competing for the 5th starting pitcher spot in spring training.
Stay tuned, as the two of these guys will be signed in the coming days, I presume.