As of midnight, teams are square to negotiate with free agents. Third baseman Pedro Feliz, considered a fallback for the Phillies, has drawn early interest from Baltimore.
Feliz, along with Adrian Beltre, heads Baltimore’s short list to replace Melvin Mora at third, according to the Baltimore Sun. While Beltre would likely require a longer, more lucrative deal, the Orioles view Feliz as a stopgap measure until prospect Josh Bell is ready, according to the Sun. Meanwhile, the Phillies are hunting for a third baseman of their own, along with bullpen and bench help. Phillies.com scribe Todd Zolecki believes Chan Ho Park and Scott Eyre have the best shot at resigning, but believes free agents Brett Myers, Eric Bruntlett, Tyler Walker and Jack Taschner will not be back. He adds Paul Bako, Miguel Cairo and Matt Stairs would only be back if they accept minor league deals.
Readers weigh in: “What's more important: 625 PA from a 3B and their defense or 100 PA from some guy on the bench (not forgetting that the Phils still have Dobbs). It's wild to me that some on here would be willing to put up with 625 PA at .260/.300/.380 (at best!) so the Phils could add a marginally better bench bat. Maybe Figgins is asking too much, but Feliz isn't a deal at almost any reasonable price.” – Sophist