Numerous sources have the Phillies close to signing Placido "Polly" Polanco to a 2 year $10-12M deal to play 3rd base. Baseball gurus such as ESPN's Jayson Stark, FOX's Ken Rosenthal, as well as Phillies' own Todd Zolecki have confirmed this. In my opinion Polanco seems to be the best cost effective alternative at 3rd base. Chone Figgins is ideal, but is out of the Phillies price range. Adrian Beltre is represented by Scott Boras who is said to be seeking a 4 year deal. Mark DeRosa is decent, but his glove at 3rd is not an asset, only his bat is. Miguel Tejada would be worth a look, but he's never played 3rd base before. That brings me back to Polly, who is a lifetime .303/.761 hitter and plays Gold Glove worthy defense (albeit at 2nd base). He was successful for 4 seasons with the Phillies (2002-2005) playing 3rd and 2nd base, and was later shipped out to make room for Chase Utley, netting the Phillies a utility infielder in the form of Ramon Martinez and a machete murderer in the form of Ugueth Urbina. He has not played 3rd base since 2005, but his range is still good, his arm is still strong, and he's only made 15 errors at the position in 322 games (.982 fielding %).
The Detroit Tigers did not offer arbitration to Polanco, making him even more attractive to the Phillies. Placido is also a contact hitter (only 391 k's in 12 seasons), ideal for batting 2nd, which would allow Shane Victorino to drop to 7th in the lineup serving as a table-setter down there. He's 34 years old, bats right, and is considered to be one of the more savvy ball players in terms of baseball smarts. The addition of Polanco would all but seal up the offensive side of the game for the Phils, leaving only the pitching staff to be addressed this offseason.