Jayson Stark of ESPN, is reporting that the Philadelphia Phillies are targeting Placido Polanco as their next third baseman, according to a source familiar with their thinking.
Before Wednesday, the Phillies appeared to be locked in on three potential free-agent third basemen — Polanco, Adrian Beltre and Mark DeRosa. But talks intensified with Polanco’s agents Wednesday, a day after his old team, the Tigers, declined to offer him arbitration.
Polanco is a Type A free agent, so the decision not to offer him arbitration means the Phillies could sign him without losing their first-round draft pick.
I can certainly see the wisdom in that for the Phillies, as Polanco has played over 300 games as a third baseman and won’t hurt them defensively at all.
I was actually hoping that the Mets would consider Polanco as a replacement for Luis Castillo rather than than Orlando Hudson, simply because I believe Polanco’s style would play better at CitiField.
If the Phillies do get Polanco, it widens an already big gap between them and the Mets to a chasm. And yet, I get the feeling that the Mets are pretty nonchalant about everything lately.
Uh oh… I feel a momentary lapse of reason coming… Stand clear…
Here is a Phillies team that has just been to two straight World Series, and still their sense of urgency is far more vigorous than the Mets who seemingly appear to be stuck in the mud.
While two of our NL East rivals both seem committed to putting out a championship caliber team on the field, the Mets are busy window dressing. New uniforms, newly named areas of the park, newly painted walls, etc. Where’s the determination and commitment you promised us last October when you were doing your propaganda tour?
I’ve remained silent long enough.
You have the audacity to give us a deadline to renew our ticket plans and for what? Why should we renew anything with you? What have you given us besides three consecutive years of embarrassment and heartache?
I love this team with all my heart and I always will love my Mets, but that doesn’t mean I have to love the ownership and the management group.
You owe us big time.
I couldn’t care less that you have the second highest payroll, a fact which you never stop reminding us of. You trumpet it like it’s some sort of grand achievement and noteworthy accomplishment, when in fact it’s an indictment of what a colossal failure you have been. Any small market team would have done a better job allocating your precious misspent millions.
Furthermore, the worst part of it is that you have learned nothing from your history in the last five years. Your first move of the off season was to give $2 million dollars to a utility infielder who can’t hit and has two busted thumbs, that no other team in baseball had any interest in? Wow… If this is a sign of things to come we all better brace ourselves for another epic fail.
You still have a couple of months to get back on my good side, but right now I think you should all go to the corner and stay out of my way. I don’t even want to look at any of you right now. I’m putting all of you in time out.
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