Former Phillies third baseman Pedro Feliz agreed yesterday to a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros on the final day of baseball's winter meetings.
The 34-year-old third baseman hit .266 with 12 home runs and 82 RBIs last season for the Phillies. They declined a $5.5 million option for 2010 and opted to pay him a $500,000 buyout.
"He's been an outstanding defensive player and a solid run producer for his entire career," said Astros general manager Ed Wade, the former Phillies GM. "He played a premium position with a two-time World Series participant and was a key part of the Phillies' success. We're fortunate to have him on board."
Feliz is slated to take over for Geoff Blum, who started 94 games at third for Houston last season, and Jeff Keppinger, who started 67.
The Astros also reached a preliminary agreement with reliever Brandon Lyon on a $15 million, three-year contact, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Athletics. The City of Oakland unveiled three waterfront sites as potential spots to build a new ballpark for the Oakland Athletics and ultimately keep the team from leaving town.
As the small-budget A's have seen before, there are plenty of hurdles ahead. In the past, they haven't been able to find a suitable spot to build and were set to leave Oakland and move to nearby Fremont until that plan fell through.
Pirates. Former American League rookie of the year Bobby Crosby and Pittsburgh agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract.
Indians. Cleveland hired former pitcher Charles Nagy as its pitching coach at triple-A Columbus.
Twins-Red Sox trade. Minnesota traded righthander Boof Bonser to Boston for a player to be named or cash.
Mets. Looking to fill two big holes and add much-needed power to their lineup, New York has made contract offers to a pair of free agents: Leftfielder Jason Bay and catcher Bengie Molina.
Nationals. Washington officials said there will be a news conference at their stadium today, when they're expected to announce the signing of free-agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez.