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Philadelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel Wants Upgrade at Third Base

In July, Placido Polanco was named the starter on the National League All-Star team. Now his manager Charlie Manuel has made it known he wants an upgrade at third base.

Polanco finished the year at just .277 with five home runs and his OPS ranks 20th among 24 qualifying third basemen since the start of the 2010 season. Polanco did play superb defense as usual, but battled a sports hernia injury down the stretch after dealing with bone spurs in his elbow last year.

Polanco is entering the final year of a three-year, $18 million contract he signed with the Phillies prior to the ’10 season. He played in just 122 games last year and Manuel said durability is the top reason he would like an upgrade.