Royals Sign Pedro Feliz to Minor League Deal

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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:

YearAgeTmPAH2B3BHRRBIBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+
200025SFG720000.286.286.286.57150
200126SFG2385091722.227.264.373.63767
200227SFG1533741213.253.281.336.61766
200328SFG24958931648.247.278.515.793102
200429SFG5311393332284.276.305.485.790100
200530SFG6151423042081.250.295.422.71785
200631SFG6441473552298.244.281.428.70979
200732SFG5901412822072.253.290.418.70880
200833PHI4631061921458.249.302.402.70581
200934PHI6251543021282.266.308.386.69482
201035TOT42989122540.218.240.293.53346
201035HOU30464121431.221.243.311.55552
201035STL125250119.208.232.250.48232
11 Seasons4544106520925140598.250.288.410.69880
162 Game Avg.5651332631774.250.288.410.69880
SFG (8 yrs)302771614819109418.252.288.433.72184
PHI (2 yrs)108826049426140.259.306.393.69981
STL (1 yr)125250119.208.232.250.48232
HOU (1 yr)30464121431.221.243.311.55552

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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