Veteran third baseman Pedro Feliz receives a two-year contract, including a club option for 2010 and performance bonuses.
(From a Phillies news release): "We said from the beginning of our off-season that we would try to improve the club in any way we could," said Phillies Assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr. "We feel that with the acquisition of Feliz, we have helped to solidify an already productive infield. Pedro is an above average defender who will provide some overall balance to our lineup."
Feliz, 32, hit .253 with 20 home runs and 72 RBI in 150 games, his fourth straight season with at least 20 homers. With runners in scoring position, he hit .310, which included a .393 clip in his final 48 games. Feliz' .973 fielding percentage was the best among all National League third basemen last season and his 11 errors were third-fewest among those with at least 300 total chances. A native of the Dominican Republic, Feliz was originally signed by San Francisco as an amateur free agent in 1994.