Polly just turned 36 years old yesterday and is still under contract for the 2012 season. Now that PEDs are being removed from the game, players aren't producing into their late 30's like they were a decade ago. Polanco plays quality defense, but his bat and health are quickly deteriorating. Games played have steadily dipped since arriving in Philly (only 122 in '11) as well has his OPS (down to .674 this year). Hernia, elbow problems, bulging disk in his back, big headiness...he's a
With the Phillies offense getting older, less productive, and more injury prone, maybe it's to bring in some new blood at the hot corner next year and give Polanco super-sub duties (spot starts at 3rd, 2nd, and SS to rest the regulars).
Who to bring in? Aramis Ramirez on a 2 year $24M deal, but he's creeping up there in years too and might want more years and more money. Trade Vance Worley to the Kansas City Royals for Mike Moustakas. Michael Cuddyer, because he can play all over the diamond and has a decent bat.