Miami Marlins Will Welcome Veteran Leader To Lineup

By Andy Schmidt
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After making several trades during this off-season, the Miami Marlins needed to fill the holes they had created by trading most of their team away. Miami decided to sign Placido Polanco to play third base for the 2013 season on a one-year contract, and that could be one of the best moves that the Marlins made during their whole frenzy of activity.

Polanco will bring a stable bat to a lineup that is going to depend on Giancarlo Stanton to provide all of their offense this season. Polanco hit a disappointing .257 last season in just 90 games dealing with injury problems. Polanco isn’t the youngest guy out there at age 37, but at least he will come into a clubhouse and be looked at as the one player who has seen it all during his time in MLB. Miami isn’t going to go anywhere this season and could be the worst team in the National League, but Polanco will likely hit second in the order and get 600 at-bats in 2013.

The move was needed just so Miami didn’t trot out a lineup with every player being under the age of 25. While Miami may be a sorry place to play and could have less than 10,000 people at every home game this year, Polanco should be able to hit well enough to keep fans mildly interested in the team.

It is probably one of the final seasons of Polanco’s career, and he might as well play a full season with no playoff pressure on him.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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