Phillies’ Manuel In Favor Of Third Base Upgrade

In two seasons with the Phillies, third baseman Placido Polanco has struggled to stay healthy and on the field.  Despite being named an All-Star for the second time in his career in 2011, manager Charlie Manuel says that he would be in favor of an upgrade at the position, writes MLB.com's Nate Mink.

"If we need to upgrade and we can, we should do it," the skipper said on Wednesday.

Polanco is guaranteed $6.25MM next season, but Mink writes that it shouldn't handcuff the Phillies from exploring other options at third base.  Manuel doesn't think that the Phillies need a power bat at the position, but durability will be a major focus for the club this offseason.

Polanco underwent surgery yesterday to repair two sports hernias, which could sideline him for the beginning of the 2012 season.  The 36-year-old played in 132 games in 2010 and just 122 this past year.


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63 Comments on "Phillies’ Manuel In Favor Of Third Base Upgrade"


Alex
3 years 9 months ago

Thats hawt

3 years 9 months ago

“They should trade for David Wright”

thejohnoparty
3 years 9 months ago

hah i was waiting for it

3 years 9 months ago

That would be a downgrade …….. he is awful on defense.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

He’d be a nice right handed bat off the bench… but I won’t settle for anything less than Longoria.

Earle Drake
3 years 9 months ago

this team needs another $15-$20 million player like it needs a hole in the head..No more stars that you can’t bench when they go stone cold in the playoffs. They need to not sign Rollins (terrible aproach at the plate for a leadoff hitter), sign an older free agent shortstop for 1 year while they wait for Galvis, Get a competent hitting back up that can play 1st and 3rd, and sign a closer if and when they can’t sign Madsen.
Guys that we should not re-sign: Ibanez,Lidge,Rollins,Schneider, Gload, Francisco, Madsen, and Oswalt – Free up 60-65 million.
  Remember, we are adding $14 mill and $5 mill to Lee and Howard’s deals next year. Hamels will make $18 mill per if we re-sign him begining in 2013.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

always nice to air out the dirty laundry

StanleyHudson
3 years 9 months ago

Could the Phillies come asking for Youk? They got pitching Sox need pitching…

SI52
3 years 9 months ago

That would be my fantasy of fantasies.

3 years 9 months ago

Me too, then he couldn’t kill the Yankees anymore. 

skoods
3 years 9 months ago

He’d be injured by August.

3 years 9 months ago

Other than Halladay, Lee and Hamels what pitching do they have that the Sox need? None of the 3 of those players will be moved. Vance Worley?

StanleyHudson
3 years 9 months ago

We need a right fielder too. Worley and Pence would be welcomed in my book. I’m not saying I’d pull the trigger just making conversation.

3 years 9 months ago

I highly doubt that will happen, we fought hard to keep worley and we traded great prospects for pence so….

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

lolllll

skoods
3 years 9 months ago

lol…Worley AND Pence? Are the Red Sox throwing Lester or Pedroia in the deal too?

silverence
3 years 9 months ago

You have a better chance of playing right field. That’s an awful trade for the Phillies and would never, ever EVER happen.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

Seriously doubt it. Middlebrooks isn’t ready to take over, even if he was I think they’d prefer to keep Youk and transition him to DH and use his flexibility to back up first and third.

3 years 9 months ago

That seems like a reasonable argument.  That said, I think the Red Sox trade Youkilis.

slepsta
3 years 9 months ago

Try to acquire someone who isn’t geriatric.

Jeremiah Graves
3 years 9 months ago

DRUNK POST PLAYOFF GAME THOUGHTS: They should sign Aramis Ramirez if they want offense and/or Kevin Kouzmanoff if they want defense. They can swing Polanco out there at 2B/3B and Utley at 2B/1B to keep ’em all fresh and get plenty of days off. They’ll likely have some sort of Mayberry/Utley platoon at 1B early in the season anyway unless they go out and land Lee or Pena or something to play 1B in Howard’s absence. It makes sense on paper and boosts the team’s overall potential…

…and let the commentators attack.

3 years 9 months ago

Ive never heard of someone drunk thread posting. This is a first. 

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

You should try it sometime. It’s the drunk call for the internet geek.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

hahha

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

do you think ryan howard is going to be gone forever? its a long offseason and its not like his legs were his weapon of choice..

he’ll be back in the phillies lineup being overpaid and underwhelming in no time.

3 years 9 months ago

Ruben should have some of what you’re drinking.  Aramis at 3B, then use versatility to fill the gaps until Howard returns.  Utley splits his time between 1B/2B, with Mayberry and Polanco playing each position when Utley’s not there.  Mayberry platoons with Brown in LF otherwise.  Polanco can steal some ABs from Galvis at SS when high-K/low GB% pitchers are on the mound (Worley, Lee).

They’re saying 5-6 months for Howard to return; that’s probably optimistic, but he should be back by June or so.  No need to break the bank for Pena or Lee.

Earle Drake
3 years 9 months ago

i like it. we need more polanco’s not less (when healthy). keeps everyone fresh

3 years 9 months ago

Wilson Betemit

3 years 9 months ago

If he stayed healthy, Polanco could be a nice option for the Jays at 2B. He his a great contact hitter with (historically) a good ability to get on base. I guess he is getting kind of old (36) and his numbers have been slowly declining, but he seems better than most options out there.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

I still think KJ is our 2012 starting 2B.

3 years 9 months ago

the free agent list of 3rd baseman looks weak. Polanco was an offensive disaster after April.. His inability to drive the ball let the opposition play even shallower against him cutting off potential hits. I am in agreement to move him but who would take his 6 mill salary after his meltdown this year? Amaro sure has his work cut out this off season.

jarg8
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t know if we really have the money. We still need to resign Madson and Hamels then we can see how much money we have left. Maybe if Amaro didn’t decide to give 25mil a year to a player averaging 32 homers we would.

3 years 9 months ago

lidge, ibanez, and probly oswalt r gone this season..ibanez n lidge both made 12 million and oswalt made like 16.5 million, thats forty million to spend..throw in rollins and thats 47

Todd Keister
3 years 9 months ago

They can HAVE Chone Figgins

3 years 9 months ago

Aramis Ramirez or bust. 

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

They aint looking for power they want D.. A-ram got no D.. he onl got power not a good fit for phills since that aint what they want

hoagiebuchanan
3 years 9 months ago

Eloquently put.

drumzalicious
3 years 9 months ago

Well they are in a better position than the Braves.

BVHjays
3 years 9 months ago

If the Phillies upgrade and are interested in unloading Polanco, I could see a deal with the Rockies being a fit, straight up for Seth Smith, to help both teams fill a position they seem to be trying to fill.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

They don’t need a power bat at 3rd.. Angels need some power at 3rd trade Callaspo for Polanco if phills arent looking for power.. Only Durability then Callaspo is a good fit for them.. But then na he won’t even be availble for the start of 2012 maybe.. We need someone young and healthy at 3rd so not a good fit for Halos.. and Alberto compared to Placido this year Alberto had more power buy 1 homer and rbi 4 less then him and Albertos Avg was better lol.. So na

cookmeister
3 years 9 months ago

that’s an ok trade, but Phils would have to kick in a little cash to make up at least some salary difference

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Btw there already stacked so just go ahead and be the Yanks for the NL i guess.. Trying to create superstar team they might choke like Bosox haha funny Bosox

philly_red
3 years 9 months ago

They’re stuck with Polly for another year. Why they committed three years to the guy, I have no idea – especially after Ibanez crashed so hard. I like the idea of trying out Kevin Kouzmanoff. He might hit around 20 home runs, and he’ll give you great defense at third regardless. Even if he hits .250/.330/.450 at best, he’ll at least be consistent offensively, which is more than you can say for other possible trade targets like Ian Stewart, Ty Wigginton, Chris Johnson, or Jack Hannahan.

Christopher David
3 years 9 months ago

I’ve been saying Ian Stewart for awhile. The Rox seem desperate to unload him, and I think with the right guidance, and a change of scenery, he could be an excellent 3B. He and Polly could start in a platoon situation, and see how it goes from there. Worst comes to worst, he’s a LH potential power bat off the bench.

3 years 9 months ago

Chase Headley from the Padres what’s your offer?

kimofromkauai
3 years 9 months ago

Stewart, Betemit, A Hill – these are the type players the Phils should look at.  I would like to know if the team has any insurance on the Howard contract.  Unless there is some money coming from that I would stay away from Aramis Ramirez and other big ticket free agents.