Following a successful physical this morning, Placido Polanco will be officially announced as the team’s new third baseman later today, according to reports.
(From a Phillies news release) - Polanco, 34, hit .285/.331/.396 last season with 31 doubles, 10 home runs and 72 RBI in 153 games for the Detroit Tigers. Among all active major league players, Polanco has the second-best career strikeout/plate appearance ratio at 15.39. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers' Juan Pierre has a better ratio (18.0). This will be Polanco's second stint with the Phillies. He was previously acquired by the club in July of 2002 as part of the trade with the St. Louis Cardinals for third baseman Scott Rolen. In 297 games with the Phillies from 2002-05, Polanco hit .297 with 38 home runs, 160 RBI and 23 stolen bases, then was traded to Detroit a deal for Ugeth Urbina. A two-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner (2007, 2009), Polanco is the active major league leader for fielding percentage (.993) at second base. As a third baseman, Polanco has a .982 fielding percentage in 322 career games (266 starts), 95 of which came as a Phillie. Beerleaguer will offer his official take on the signing when he’s not quite so busy.