Pedro Feliz, the Phillies starting third baseman from 2008-09 and Beerleaguer's all-time leading hot-button issue, accepted a minor league offer from the Kansas City Royals yesterday.
It's always entertaining to see which players are no longer deemed worthy of a Major League contract and will head to Spring Training with a last chance minor league ticket. Earlier in the week, Greg Dobbs accepted a minor league deal with the Marlins. Yesterday, Lastings Milledge, Randy Winn, Juan Cruz, and Ron Mahay all signed minor league deals. Don't ask me how someone like Will Ohman can get a two-year deal from the White Sox, yet Mahay couldn't get the big league guarantee. Ohman's agent must be one jive turkey I guess.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are reportedly weighing a minor league offer to Gary Matthews Jr., one that wouldn't include an invite to big league camp, which means he's holding on by a thread. With Feliz, you could see this coming from a mile away. Two, sure-handed defensive years with the Phillies, a smattering of clutch hits, but a pair of frustrating and unproductive seasons at the plate prompted the Phillies to go in another direction. In 2010, he couldn't even gracefully transition into his new status as journeyman bench player, splitting between Houston and St. Louis and posting a foul-smelling .218/.240/.293. Even Feliz's staunchest critics expected more. Feliz is expected to provide depth for the Royals, who also have Mike Aviles, Wilson Betemit and rookie Mike Moustakas as third-base candidates in camp.
In other news, the equipment truck has arrived at Citizens Bank Park.