PLACIDO POLANCO INKS A THREE YEAR DEAL TO RETURN TO THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE.
BY NICK STAFFIERI, Contributor
The Phillies and Placido Polanco have agreed on a three-year $18 million that will bring the former Phillies infielder back to the team.
However, this time, he’ll be at a new position. The deal, which was first reported by Sports Illustrated’s John Heyman and MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki was officially announced by Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. this afternoon, will place Polanco at third base to replace Pedro Feliz.
Polanco, who played primarily second base during his previous stay with the Phillies from 2002 to 2005, is a career .303 hitter in the majors. His best power numbers came as a Phillie, but he is mostly considered to be a good contact hitter. While being one of the toughest batters to strike out, Polanco hit .341 in 2005 between the Phillies and Tigers, and followed it up in Detroit in 2007 with a .341 average.
Although he doesn’t provide much power from the third base position, he will contribute defensively. He won two gold gloves as a second baseman for the Tigers in the past three years. It remains to be seen where Polanco will bat in the Phillies order. Speculation is that, due to his ability to make contact, he may bat behind Rollins which will move Victorino further down the lineup. With the answer to third base solved, Amaro can now focus on the other needs for this team.
Polanco, a fan favorite during his first stint with the Phillies, was traded to Detroit when the club placed Utley permanently at second base. Many fans believed at that time that Polanco could have been their answer to third base.
Now, Polanco is back and should prove to be an upgrade in the lineup. Fans will have to hope that his return is worth the wait.
From Ryan on Twitter: “Placido is easily better than Feliz but I’d have liked to have seen the team pursue a marquee name like Figgins or Beltre.”
From Philly fan on The700Level.com: “I’m really not high on Polanco. We have no idea how he would fare at third base, and while Feliz ticked me off to no end with his pathetic excuse for a bat (particularly in this year’s playoffs), he was one of the top defensive third basemen in the game.”
From Jack on Facebook: “Polanco’s a scrub. He can’t play third, he wouldn’t do it before. WHY NOW?!?”