Royals Sign Pedro Feliz to Minor League Deal

Former Phillies, Giants and (briefly) Astros and Cardinals third baseman Pedro Feliz signed a minor league contract with the Royals for $800,000 and a $200,000 bonus if he makes the major league roster.

Dayton Moore said it’s a “depth” move, citing injuries to Mike Aviles and Alex Gordon in the past that left the Royals short of infielders.  Personally, I hope that’s all it turns out to be.

Nothing against Feliz personally.  There’s just not much need for a 35-year-old corner infielder who’s never posted an on base percentage higher than .308.  He has a career walkrate of 5.1%.  So he has Jeff Francoeur edged in that category at least.

Career Stats:

Year Age Tm PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2000 25 SFG 7 2 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .571 50
2001 26 SFG 238 50 9 1 7 22 .227 .264 .373 .637 67
2002 27 SFG 153 37 4 1 2 13 .253 .281 .336 .617 66
2003 28 SFG 249 58 9 3 16 48 .247 .278 .515 .793 102
2004 29 SFG 531 139 33 3 22 84 .276 .305 .485 .790 100
2005 30 SFG 615 142 30 4 20 81 .250 .295 .422 .717 85
2006 31 SFG 644 147 35 5 22 98 .244 .281 .428 .709 79
2007 32 SFG 590 141 28 2 20 72 .253 .290 .418 .708 80
2008 33 PHI 463 106 19 2 14 58 .249 .302 .402 .705 81
2009 34 PHI 625 154 30 2 12 82 .266 .308 .386 .694 82
2010 35 TOT 429 89 12 2 5 40 .218 .240 .293 .533 46
2010 35 HOU 304 64 12 1 4 31 .221 .243 .311 .555 52
2010 35 STL 125 25 0 1 1 9 .208 .232 .250 .482 32
11 Seasons 4544 1065 209 25 140 598 .250 .288 .410 .698 80
162 Game Avg. 565 133 26 3 17 74 .250 .288 .410 .698 80
SFG (8 yrs) 3027 716 148 19 109 418 .252 .288 .433 .721 84
PHI (2 yrs) 1088 260 49 4 26 140 .259 .306 .393 .699 81
STL (1 yr) 125 25 0 1 1 9 .208 .232 .250 .482 32
HOU (1 yr) 304 64 12 1 4 31 .221 .243 .311 .555 52
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/3/2011.

Here’s the best way to sum up Feliz’s career – even when he was good (2003), he was barely average (102 OPS+). I can’t imagine a scenario short that puts Feliz on the field at Kauffman Stadium. His 2010 numbers show that Father Time has caught up with him – and smacked him around a little in the process.

The article does suggest that Mike Aviles will be the starting third baseman for part of 2011 at least. What happens from there is anyone’s guess. The Royals have Wilson Betemit coming off a solid season and have an ongoing love affair with Chris Getz as well, so once Mike Moustakas makes his debut in Kansas City, something’s gotta give.

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  • BrettFan1

    Signing Feliz to provide “depth” is like standing on the deck of a ship sinking into the icy waters of the Atlantic and deciding to cut yourself. See, now I have more options, before I could have drowned or died from hypothermia, but now I could also be eaten by a shark! It’s good to have options, right?

  • Eric

    There is nothing wrong with signing Feliz for the sole purpose of providing defensive depth at 3B. Betemit does not provide any defense for us anywhere (possibly with the exception of DH). If you believe in pitching and defense as the best way to build a good team, then you see nothing wrong with this signing and bringing him up when Aviles becomes injured.

  • http://kingsofkauffman.com Michael Engel

    Some other details have popped up and the contract is only in place if he makes the team – probably has a deadline of a certain date where he can opt out to ply his trade elsewhere if he wants.

    I’m not against the signing as a signing. I just think he’s really bad at baseball. Unless he busts loose in camp AND has injuries ahead of him, it’s not a huge deal, as he’ll probably be handing his resume out by the end of March.

    Also his defensive value has plummeted over the past three seasons – after five double digit UZR/150 seasons, he fell to 8.9 in 2009 and went negative last year. He’s just at that age where hard work can’t make up for attrition and lack of talent.