Well whaddya know? The Phillies are reportedly seeking versatile infield help. Beerleaguer recalls how Placido Polanco was supposed to slide into a super utility role toward the end of his contract.
Even before Ryan Howard collapsed in a heap, the Phillies’ biggest problem was an aging and declining infield that couldn’t stay on the field. There was no doubt the Phillies needed to escalate the situation by making infield an offseason focus. Not only did they downplay the need, the Phils exacerbated it by dealing away their most capable utility option in Wilson Valdez.
Give the Phillies credit in this regard: they were diligent in addressing first base in a cost effective way. They acquired Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton cheaply, productive players with no expectations at the position beyond filling in for Howard.
Be that as it may, how long have we been saying the Phillies need better infield depth, better than Valdez, capable of starting over an extended period of time? Polanco was supposed to be that guy. Here’s someone who won the Gold Glove at second base the year before signing back with the Phillies, at a time when the Phillies already recognized a need to dial back Chase Utley’s playing time. Fast forward to 2012, the final year of Polly’s deal. Second base was a lifetime ago.
Polanco: a nice player for sure, but the latest in a long lne of aging players who got one year too many from this particular Phillies regime.
Game chat: Roy Halladay and the Phillies host the Twins at Bright House Field beginning at 1:05.