The Miami Marlins have signed Placido Polanco to a one-year, $2.75 million pact.
Polanco, who had his $5.5 million 2013 option declined by the Phillies in late October, sputtered through the conclusion of his three-year stay in Philadelphia because of back problems, which basically kept him off beginning in mid July. All told, he hit .257/.302/.327 with two home runs over 321 plate appearances, by far the least successful of his seven seasons with the organization, spanning two separate stints.
Polanco joins former Phillies Juan Pierre and Greg Dobbs in Miami. Conceivably, all three could see regular time if the Marlins choose to play Dobbs at third, Polanco at second and Pierre in left field. At the least, Miami is hoping Polanco can participate in a third base platoon with Dobbs.
Polanco's second go-round with the Phils got off to a good start, with him hitting a grand slam on Opening Day 2010 and hitting .298 on the year. He followed that up with a .398 April in 2011, but he produced very little the rest of the way, in part due to nagging injuries.
It's surprising to see Polanco command as much as $2.75 million on the open market. It was also surprising to see Ty Wigginton get $5 million over two years from the Cardinals.
The Phillies, meanwhile, will introduce their newest addition, Mike Adams, at 3 p.m.