2013 Miami Marlins Review: Placido Polanco

By Ryan Gaydos
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Signing with the Miami Marlins on a one-year deal, the organization wanted to see how much the 38 year old had left in the tank. Battling old age and injuries, Placido Polanco did not have a bad season, and if it was not for the youth movement that the Marlins are in the middle of, Polanco may be re-signed for one more year, if he is not planning on retiring.

He did not have such a bad season, playing in more games than in 2012 with the Philadelphia Phillies. Polanco played in 110 games and batted .260//.315/.302 with 23 RBI and 13 doubles. Although he was affected by some injuries during the season, you could see that Polanco just did not have enough gas during the season to perform at the high level that he once did. If the Marlins were in the American League and could stick him at the designated hitter slot, he would have benefited better.

Polanco did not move from third base all season, starting 92 games in that position. Although his put outs decreased, Polanco only committed two errors and finished with a 2.17 range factor. The three-time gold glove winner still flashed the leather and still showed some bolts of energy at the hot corner. Playing on a team that loses 100 games is not something that is easy to do, but it seemed that Polanco kept his head up and was able to finish out the season.

If Miami chooses to re-sign him, it should be on a minor league deal. The team needs to look at Ed Lucas next season, and focus on progressing top prospect Colin Moran.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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