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.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.