The Phillies were disappointed in the defense they were getting at the hot corner and that was the reason that they signed 33-year old righty swinging Pedro Feliz in the off season. Feliz played in 150 games last season for the Giants and he was 141 for 557 (.253 avg, .708 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 20 homers and 72 RBIs. He should provide more power in Philly with the short outfield there. Feliz played in 143 games at 3B for the Giants last season and he only made 11 errors while showing outstanding range. Feliz will be a nice addition to the Phillies in 2008.
29-year old lefty Greg Dobbs came out of nowhere last season and he played pretty well for the Phillies. Dobbs played in 142 games last season for the Phillies and he was 88 for 324 (.272 avg, .781 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 10 homers and 55 RBIs. Dobbs made 7 errors in 68 games at 3B for the Phillies last season while showing above average range. Look for Dobbs to be one of the better reserve infielders around for the Phillies in 2008.
32-year old righty swinging 3B Wes Helms wore out his welcome in only one season in Philly. The Phillies would love to trade him before the season starts as he was a failure for them after he was handed the starting 3B job last season. Helms played in 112 games for the Phillies last season and he was 69 for 280 (.246 avg, .665 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 5 homers and 39 RBIs. Helms played in 68 games at 3B last season for the Phillies and he made 9 errors while showing about league average range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: C+