The Miami Marlins have done some crazy things this offseason and if this offseason is any indication of what the 2013 regular season is going to be, you better keep your seat belt on. With the recent trade of Yunel Escobar to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Marlins are in need of a third baseman and they have signed free agent Placido Polanco.
Polanco signs with Miami for a one year, $2.75 million deal. Polanco is coming over from the Philadelphia Phillies who have seen his peak come and go. In 2012, Polanco played in 90 games batting .257/.302/.327 with 19 RBI, 15 doubles and 28 runs scored for the team. Polanco played 80 of the 90 games at third base and started in 72 games.
Miami’s whacky offseason had led them to decide between Polanco, former Oakland Athletics infielder Brandon Inge and Miguel Tejada. Tejada has not played in the majors since 2011 and although the team was checking in on him at winter ball, there could not have been a real shot at Tejada coming to Miami.
With one of the holes figured out, the Marlins could look to start shopping right-handed pitcher Ricky Nolasco who has been disgruntled with the team after the moves the team has made this offseason. Nolasco requested a trade after the 12-player mega deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Nolasco could get sent to a team for a center fielder since Miami was in the market for one as an upgrade over Justin Ruggiano. There’s an eerie feeling that Jeffrey Loria is not done making personnel decisions before spring comes.
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