I mentioned this briefly on twitter, but Ken Rosenthal reported that the Phillies are actively trying to move Placido Polanco to free up room to make a run at Aramis Ramirez. If the Phillies are heavily motivated to move Polanco, he’s a guy who could make sense for the M’s.
With Seager and Liddi around, the team has a couple of interesting young players that could potentially be the long term answer at third base, but Liddi certainly isn’t ready to help in 2012 and Seager might not be either. The team could use a quality bridge at the position, and Polanco could be an option for the team, especially if the Phillies are willing to pick up a couple million on the last year of his deal.
I know it’s pretty easy to look at Polanco and just say that he’s a right-handed Kyle Seager, and that the M’s should just play Seager if that’s the skillset they want, but having both around would actually be pretty helpful. Polanco hits lefties well, while Seager hasn’t shown that he can hit them at all, so the upgrade vs LHPs would be substantial. He’d also offer infield depth and could allow Seager to spell Ryan at short or Ackley at second, or if they’d rather keep Seager playing third regularly, Polanco could be the one to get playing time around the infield.
Health concerns mean he’s probably not a full time player, but the M’s shouldn’t really be in the market for a full time third baseman. A solid guy who can get 400-500 plate appearances and provide the team with depth and the ability to not have to sink or swim with Seager could be a good fit for the organization, however, and if the Phillies are trying to move him, the cost shouldn’t be too prohibitive.
Not saying it will happen, or that the M’s are even thinking about it, but it’s a name to keep in mind at the least.