Separate reports from The Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com indicate that the Philadelphia Phillies are interested in third baseman Aramis Ramirez. As part of their interest, the team is believed to be shopping current third baseman Placido Polanco.
Polanco signed a three year $18 million free agent contract with the Phillies around this time two years ago. He was 34 at the time of the agreement and the deal was almost universally panned. ESPN’s Buster Olney suggests that motivation for moving Polanco isn’t just limited to the team’s interest in Ramirez.
Hmm. Does anyone else find it the least bit amusing that the Philadelphia Phillies, an organization currently believed to be the most likely to sign a certain shortstop that we looked at earlier, who has recently suffered through not only his fair share of injuries, but also a significant drop off in power numbers, would be looking back with regret on a three contract give to a 34 year old two seasons ago?
Polanco, now 36 years old, still has $7.25 million remaining on his contract, meaning that the Phillies would likely have to eat a good chunk of his salary if they’re serious about getting a deal done. At this point in his career, Polanco is still of some use for his glove at third, but since Philadelphia also acquired Ty Wigginton earlier this off season, it’s difficult to imagine him having a place on the roster if the Phillies do indeed land Ramirez.