Longtime Giant Pedro Feliz signs with Phillies
This time last year, all eyes were on Barry Bonds as the Giants tried for months to get him to sign a one-year contract that wouldn’t make them look like they were bending over backwards… or maybe just bending over. In this, they failed.
This year, Barry is gone from the team and under indictment, and the winter has seen few deals. They re-signed reliever Brad Hennesey ten days ago. And today they officially lost Pedro Feliz, who signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Feliz, never a fan favorite, spent his entire eight-year career with the Giants, providing a solid but rarely brilliant third base defense, and power from time to time.
The departure of Feliz and Bonds means that Rich Aurelia, who is likely to take over at 3rd base, is the only Giant left from the 2002 pennant-winning team (and Aurelia spent several years in the wilderness with other teams before re-signing with the Giants before last season).
The Giants failed to pursue Mike Lowell from the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox, and lost another opportunity when they let Alex Rodriguez slip away.
Only 16 days til pitchers and catchers report to spring training.