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Polanco headed to Phillies for 3 years, $18 mill

Posted on: December 3, 2009 12:31 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2009 12:38 pm
 
The Phillies are on the verge of signing Placido Polanco as their new third baseman.

Polanco is in Philadelphia for a physical today, and he's expected to sign a three-year, $18 million deal, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com. Polanco replaces Pedro Feliz, who became a free agent when the Phillies didn't pick up his option.

Polanco was a gold glove second baseman with the Tigers, but he has played third base in the past (most recently one game in 2005). The Phillies plan to bat him second in the lineup.

While Polanco doesn't possess the power teams normally want at third base, he is generally acknowledged as one of the best second-place hitters in the game. The Phillies don't need as much power from third base, anyway, because first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley hit so many home runs.

The 34-year-old Polanco was with the Phillies once before. The previous Phillies regime traded him away in June 2005, in what turned out to be a one-sided deal for closer Ugueth Urbina and infielder Ramon Martinez. At the time, the Phillies already had Utley at second base and were committed financially to David Bell at third base.

Polanco went to the World Series with the Tigers in 2006. The Phillies, of course, have played in the last two World Series.
Category: MLB
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Polanco headed to Phillies for 3 years, $18 mill




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:31 am
 

Polanco headed to Phillies for 3 years, $18 mill




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 7:10 am
 

Polanco headed to Phillies for 3 years, $18 mill

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 6:56 am
 

Polanco headed to Phillies for 3 years, $18 mill

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:27 am
 

Polanco headed to Phillies for 3 years, $18 mill



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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:40 pm
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Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2009 12:53 pm
 

Polanco headed to Phillies for 3 years, $18 mill

Philsphan,
We traded Placido polanco in 2005.

In 2006 we dumped david bell in season, so explain to me why traded polanco because of bell's contract even though we ate his contract the next year?

revisionist history is great when you want to make yourself feel good about something, but the bottom line is polanco wanted to play 2B and refused to play 3rd.

polanco hasn't played 1 game at 3rd since leaving the phillies



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2009 10:19 am
 

Polanco headed to Phillies for 3 years, $18 mill

Redwings,

what the hell are you talking about? I commented as to why Placido Polanco left the phillies not about how he hit in 2009. but, since you brought it up your rational is assanign. you don't pitch around contact hitters and even if you do it shouldn't effect their average.

and I saw polanco play for the phillies for years he is solid nothing special not dynamite, but the concerns I have with him are how well he will transition back to 3B both on the field and off the field.




Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 2:14 pm
 

Polanco headed to Phillies for 3 years, $18 mill

this is really going to help the Twins.  He was a twin killer.  thank you tigers



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 1:56 pm
 

Polanco headed to Phillies for 3 years, $18 mill

I agree completely. Polanco is an excellent addition to the Phillies. He will make the line up stronger and be slightly weaker on defense than Feliz. I would like to see Victorino bat leadoff with Rollins dropping down to 6th in the order, behind Werth and in front of Ibanaz. Polanco brings versitility also, as insurance if Utley goes down for any length of time to slide over to play second {using Dobbs at third}. I would expect Amaro to address the bench situation, replacing Bruntlett { with a middle infielder}, and a stronger pinch hitter to take Matt Stairs position. 


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