The third base problem has been solved.
Placido Polanco is coming back to the city of Brotherly Love, but will move over to third base, instead of Second Base, which he played during the duration of his tenure in Philly.
The Phillies announced the three-year, 18 Million Dollar deal earlier today, with an option for 2013. .
Polanco is another power bat added to this Philly lineup. With the addition of Polanco, this lineup is bursting at the seams with power. Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez. This lineup is packed.
Polanco has only played one game at third since 2005. Looks like my prediction was correct.
Making up for the post I didn’t make, the Phillies also signed catcher Brian Schneider to a two year deal. He will make 1.25 Million in 2010 and 1.5 Million in 2011. He will replace Paul Bako as Ruiz’s backup.
Looks like Amaro won’t have much to go after during the Meetings in Indianapolis. The Phillies have been rumored to be eyeing John Smoltz, so don’t think their offseason doesn’t have more surprises in store.
J.A. Happ was 7-0. Two Starts Later, he’s 7-2. Though Happ hasn’t been that bad. His first loss against the Cards was plagued with bloopers that was barely out of the reach of fielders’ gloves.
Today, Happ made one mistake. One pitch in the first inning, that Juston Upton crushed for a 2-Run Homer. The D-Backs never looked back.
Little more news on the rotation situation.
Both GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and Pitching Coach Rich Dubee said Pedro Martinez would be a starter. They also said Moyer isn’t a bullpen kind of pitcher.
Hamels, Lee, and Blanton are most likely safe. Amaro or Dubee didn’t say that, but it’s quite obvious.
Which means the rotation will be: Hamels-Lee-Blanton-Martinez-Happ/Moyer.
Seeing as if they said Moyer wasn’t a bullpen guy, it looks like the Rookie of the Year Candidate might return to the bullpen, where he is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA.
Don’t forget to check out tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Rodrigo Lopez (3-0), most likely making his last, or next to last start for the Phils, will pitch against the Giants’ Johnathan Sanchez (3-9), most known for pitching a No-Hitter earlier this year. Game time is 10:15 PM ET.