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Ed Wade over-hypes Pedro Feliz

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Another rite of spring: puffing up the value of some new acquisition. Here’s Astros’ GM Ed Wade on what new third baseman Pedro Feliz brings to the table:

Feliz started at third base in the past two World Series with Philadelphia, and also appeared in the 2002 Series with San Francisco. He’s played in 10 postseason series and 37 playoff games in his career.

“If other players are paying attention, they can just see that this guy has been through the battles, he knows what it takes to get to the finish line,” Astros general manager Ed Wade said. “Having been there and having that understanding of what it takes to get there is a big plus, and other players can feed off that.”

If simply hanging around winners brought value, teams would have lined up to sign Luis Sojo, Clay Bellinger, Mark Lemke or
Charlie Silvera back in the day, all of whom, by Wade’s definition, knew “what it took to get to the finish line.”

Here in the real world people know that, unless he brought Ryan Howard, Chase Utley or Barry Bonds to Houston with him in his suitcase, Pedro Feliz’s postseason experience isn’t going to do much of anything to hep the Astros.