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!
All-star center-fielder Aaron Rowand signed a 5 year, $60 million deal with the San Francisco Giants last night. Sources close to the event say that Bruce Bochy and Ron Schueler, Rowand’s former manager while he was with the White Sox, visited Aaron in his Las Vegas home last weekend to discuss his future. Apparently that conversation weighed heavy on his decision to join forces with San Francisco.
This move for the Giants bolsters the middle of the lineup. Bochy has said that he plans on batting Rowand 5th in the lineup behind Winn and Molina. Rowand will play center-field moving Dave Roberts over to left and keeping Randy Winn in right. Bochy also emphasized the fact that Rajai Davis, Fred Lewis and Nate Schierholtz will all be contending for starting jobs in the spring. They will be a great help out there to provide some competition, if they’re still around come spring training. Brian Sabean has opened up the possibility of trading any of those players if the Giants could get something positive in return.
The biggest part of this free agent signing, is the fact that it closes the door on the Alex Rios for Tim Lincecum trade. We don’t have to give up either of our two young aces in Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum. I am very happy that we get to see those two again next season in a Giants uniform. I think I would have cried myself to sleep if we had done that deal.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed an agreement with free agent Andruw Jones late this evening on a two year contract worth $36.2 million. The arrangement allows Jones the freedom of giving it a go for two years hoping to get his swing back, and then test the free agent market again while still in his prime.
Sources close to Andruw have said that he has been anxious to get a deal signed. The Kansas City Royals have been known to be interested in signing the 10 time gold glove center fielder, but it seems that Andruw had plans to stay in the National League. The Dodgers tried to initiate talks to get him last season, but he wouldn’t opt out of his strict no trade clause while in his last year with the Braves organization.
This takes another big bat off the free agent market. Although somewhat of a risk, I would have liked to see him in a San Francisco Giants uniform…not for the price that Colletti got him, but I would have liked to see it. I think it’s a good move for the Dodgers. It’s a gamble, that I hope DOES NOT pan out for them. I hate those guys!
Alex Rodriguez, the highest paid player in Major League Baseball, has decided during the middle of the fourth game of the world series, that he will opt out of his $252 Million, 10 year contract with the Yankees. His agent, Scott Boras spread the news that A-Rod is now eligible as a free agent.
Brian Cashman, the GM of the Yankees, has repeatedly said that if Rodriguez decides to opt out of his contract that the Yankees will not deal with him or try to sign him as a free agent. Rodriguez sited the unquestionables in the Yankees organization right now as part of the reason for deciding to terminate his current contract. The Yankees are going through a management change, ownership transfer from father to sons, and there are many players who may be leaving this off season.
What does this mean for the rest of the league? It means that the best player in baseball could be on your team next year! Likely bidders are the Boston Red Sox, Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and our own San Francisco Giants.
Let’s hope that the Giants decide to make a run at this superstar!