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The Phillies are “strong players” for Aramis Ramirez

Dec 5, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

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Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Phillies are “strong players” for free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Meanwhile, Todd Zolecki of confirms that the Phils do indeed have interest.

The most likely scenario is that the Phillies envision Ramirez as a fallback option for their lineup if they are unable to retain free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins. They can’t possibly afford both, right? Buster Olney of wrote earlier this morning that it appears the Phils’ biggest competition for Rollins may come from the Brewers or Cardinals, though his colleague Jerry Crasnick hears that St. Louis doesn’t plan to pursue him even if they are unable to re-sign Albert Pujols.

Placido Polanco is still owed $6.25 million next season while his contract includes a $5.5 million mutual option for 2013 or a $1 million buyout. The 36-year-old is coming off an injury-plagued year which limited him to just 122 games, but if the Phils would likely attempt to flip him if they end up signing Ramirez.

  1. 2r2d - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    It will be interesting to see if that is where he ends up.

  2. philliesblow - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    If this happens and the Phillies need to move The Great Gazoo, there’s an opening at his old 2B spot at Comerica Park.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    And to think. Without that ridiculous extension, Howard and his tendon would be a free agent right now in a market with more 1B Competition. Hmm…

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Sure, let’s stop focusing on one declining infielder for another, shall we?

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