PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Free-agent third baseman Pedro Feliz agreed to a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, a deal worth about $8.5 million.
The deal includes a team option for 2010, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.
Feliz batted .253 with 20 homers and 72 RBIs for San Francisco last season. He's an upgrade over the trio of Greg Dobbs, Wes Helms and Abraham Nunez. Philadelphia's third basemen batted .255 with 11 homers and 76 RBIs last year. Dobbs and Helms remain on the roster.
Feliz had spent his entire eight-year career with the Giants. He's been a full-time starter since 2004, averaging 21 homers and 84 RBIs. Feliz, who turns 33 on April 27, is a career .252 hitter with a .288 on-base percentage.
The defending NL East champion Phillies also added outfielders Geoff Jenkins and So Taguchi and pitcher Chad Durbin in free agency this offseason. They acquired closer Brad Lidge and utility man Eric Bruntlett in a trade with Houston. first reported Philadelphia's deal with Feliz.
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.

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