Thursday, December 3, 2009

Heed! Phillies! Now!

In an interesting move today, the Phillies signed former Tigers second baseman Placido "Polly" Polanco. This move is interesting because the Phillies already have a second baseman named Chase Utley. Polanco has been signed to play third base, a position he hasn't played in years. I think this move is a little risky, but in the long run it could really help the Phillies offense become a real juggernaut.

Placido Polanco is about to begin his second stint in Philadelphia after signing a 3 year, $18 million deal this week. During his first years in Philadelphia, I never really thought much of him. He was acquired from St. Louis in the deal that sent Scott Rolen out of town, and the expectations on him and the other players acquired were unfairly high. Obviously, Polanco could not fill the void that Rolen's absence created and most Phillies fans regarded Polanco as simply a look alike of this guy. It was not until after he left that I realized how valuable of a guy Polanco is. I am very happy to have him back now.

Though Polanco is now 34 years old and hasn't played third base in a long time, I think his presence will be very valuable on the Phillies. First of all, the man can fucking hit. He has a career average of .303 and averages a miniscule 39 strikeouts a year. On a team with strikeout machines like Ryan Howard, Polanco's presence in the lineup will be HUGE. Secondly, Polanco's power numbers will definitely spike in Citizen's Bank Park. Last year he had 10 homers and 72 RBIs, but in the Bank I see him equaling or surpassing the power numbers of the departed Pedro Feliz. The addition of Placido Polanco will really round out the Phillies lineup and gives them a disciplined right handed bat in the order.

On defense, I am not really sure how Polanco will fare at third base. He has played the position before, but I think it is fair to say that he will be a step back from Pedro Feliz. I'm sure Polanco will bust his ass to become a sound 3rd baseman, but if I were the Phils I might sign a good glove man to possibly fill in late in the game. This is a small price to pay for such a good player though. Moreover, Polanco's acumen at second base can help spell Chase Utley if he is a little dinged up.

All things considered, I think this is a great signing for the Phillies. Sure, Polanco will have some bumps in the road re-teaching himself the 3rd base position, but you can't underestimate the value of another great right-handed bat in the Phillies lineup. Think about a lineup that looks something like this:

1. Jimmy Rollins
2. Shane Victorino
3. Chase Utley
4. Ryan Howard
5. Jayson Werth
6. Raul Ibanez
7. Placido Polanco
8. Carlos Ruiz
PH. Matt Stairs



  1. his head shape is eerily similar to keith van den bosch

  2. Is that some sort of Keith Van Horn/Kyle Vandenbosch clone? He would amount to a pale white monster

  3. that jayson werth picture looks eerily similar to david noah rattner.