Phillies exploring other options at third base

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pedrofeliz.jpgWhen asked if Pedro Feliz will return next season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hedged a bit:

“More than anything else, we want to see what options may be out there
for us and decide whether picking his option up is best suited for this
club to try to move forward,” Amaro said. “He had a solid year for us.
I like the man personally. He’s a great person and a great teammate,
but I also believe in trying to improve and sometimes change can be for
the better. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to, but it’s just
something that we’re thinking about.”


The Phillies have until Monday to
decide whether to pick up Feliz’s $5.5 million option for 2010. Feliz,
34, is known for being one of the best defensive third basemen in the
majors, however he batted a modest .266/.308/.386 with 12 home runs and
82 RBI in 2009. His .694 OPS was the third lowest among third basemen
with at least 500 plate appearances.




If the Phillies choose to exercise
his $500,000 buyout, they’ll have plenty of alternatives in the
free-agent market. Adrian Beltre and Chone Figgins would both be
upgrades offensively, with fine defensive reputations, to boot. Only
thing is, they’ll certainly ask for more than the $5.5 million Feliz
would make.

Umpire ejects Adrian Beltre for moving on-deck circle

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As far as ejections go, this is one of the stranger ones you’ll hear about. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning of a game his team trailed at the time 18-6. Beltre was a few feet away from the circle towards home plate and was asked by Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider to get into the circle. So rather than step a few feet back to his right, Beltre picked up the circle and dragged it to where he was. And that got him ejected by second base umpire Gerry Davis. Manager Jeff Banister was also ejected after having a word with Davis.

Here’s a video from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:

Beltre, by the way, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run. He’s now four hits away from 3,000 for his career.

Video: Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford hits an inside-the-park grand slam

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Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford’s stock has fallen sharply this season. He had an abysmal first three months, batting .203/.321/.276 in 291 plate appearances. Baseball America rated him the 12th overall prospect in baseball going into the season and rated him No. 92 in their midseason top 100. It was bad.

Since the calendar turned to July, however, Crawford has been more like his normal self. In 92 at-bats this month entering Wednesday night’s action, he was hitting .300/.391/.650 with six home runs, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored, and a terrific 15/12 K/BB ratio.

Crawford padded his stats more on Wednesday night as he circled the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam. Via the IronPigs Twitter:

Crawford was actually dead-to-rights at home, but he fooled the catcher with a great late slide.

Crawford finished 1-for-3 with a walk along with the slam on the night as the IronPigs beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2.