Placido Polanco didn’t receive an arbitration offer from the Tigers, making him all the more valuable on the open market. He didn’t last long on that open market and is reportedly heading to the Philadelphia Phillies.
It is being reported that Polanco is getting a 3-year deal worth $18M. There is a mutual option for the fourth year. The Phillies obviously don’t have room for Polanco at second base since they have Chase Utley, so it appears that Placido will be making a return to third base.
This closes the Polanco chapter in Detroit and I think it was a good one. Polanco was a steal in the first place and he was never tagged with the label of “overpaid”. Polanco played on some very good Tiger teams, but I’m glad the Tigers didn’t pony up this kind of cash to keep him. Good time for both parties to move on.