A baseball source said this morning the Phillies are close to signing Placido Polanco to a three-year, $18 million contract. The contract also includes a fourth-year mutual option for 2013.
The deal is pending a physical. (Todd Zolecki)
It looks like the deal will be done soon if it is not already done. Polanco is another former Philadelphia athlete to return to the team in '09. I think it is a quality move for the Phils. He was a gold glove caliber player at second base and is one of the hardest guys to strike out in the majors. A good contact hitter will be a welcome addition to the lineup. He has not played third on a regular basis since he last played it for the Phils. He could be one of the better 7 hole hitters in the league if that is where he ends up. I would have rathered a 1 or 2 yr deal though.