Phils interest in 3B Ramirez increasing

With the way things are progressing, this will be a running post on the Phils pursuit for Aramis Ramirez.

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Dec. 7

12:05 — Danny Knobbler of CBS sports tweeted the Phillies fell out of talks for Aramis Ramirez. “Phillies decided Aramis Ramirez not for them. Will keep Polanco and $$$ and keep trying to sign Rollins.”

Dec. 5

6:15 — Paul Kinzer, the agent for free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez, is scheduled to meet with the Phillies tonight. The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb has more.

Ramirez also is seeking a four-year deal.

2:00Buster Olney: “Phillies said to be very down on polanco because of injuries, lack of pop.”

12:48 — Ken Rosenthal just tweeted the Phillies are looking to move Placido Polanco to make room at third base for Aramis Ramirez.

ORIGINAL — The Phillies could be looking to upgrade the third base position for next season.

Marlins beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post tweeted that the Phillies are “strong players for Aramis Ramirez.”

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com just confirmed the Phils interest as well, calling this a back-up plan if the Phils can’t sign Jimmy Rollins.

Ramirez, 33, would be an immediate power upgrade. Last season for the Cubs, he hit .306 with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs. His .871 OPS last season was also almost .200 higher than Placido Polanco’s (.674).

This would make for an incredible upgrade over Polanco, who’s hernia and back problems have crippled his effectiveness at the plate, but not defensively. Last season, Polanco batted .277 with five homers and 50 RBIs, all near career lows, with his average at its lowest.

Since coming back to Philadelphia, the 36-year-old has been on a steady decline in his offensive production, hitting only 19 extra base hits last season after hitting 35 in 2010.

If the Phillies sign Ramirez, where would this leave them in terms with signing Rollins?

It’s doubtful the Phillies would think Polanco could play short stop. Even though he is a former middle infielder, Polanco’s arm isn’t near the strength that usual short stop would have and at 36, his speed has drastically dropped compared to his middle infielder days.

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