Former Phils Polanco, Others Find New Teams

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, December 22, 2012 09:01 AM | Comments: 8
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Polanco is headed to Miami. Photo: AP

Former Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Marlins, reported by CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler. Polanco played in just 90 games last season while nursing various back injuries. Polanco hit career-lows .257/.302/.327 for the Phillies but still provided positive fielding value in the field. Polanco, 37, leaves Philadelphia after earning a Gold Glove and All-Star appearance with the club. He is entering his 17th Major League season.

Former Phillies infielder Brian Bocock signed a Minor League deal with the Washington Nationals according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Bocock last appeared in the Majors as a member of the Phillies in 2010, seeing time in six games primarily as a defensive replacement. Bocock spent last year with the Blue Jays’ Double-A New Hampshire club and their Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate.

Pitcher Andrew Carpenter has also found a new home according to Eddy. Carpenter is entering his age 28 season and has signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs. Carpenter has pitched in 65 games over parts of five Major League seasons with a 7.56 ERA. No word on what his former Cal-State Long Beach teammate John Bowker is up to these days.

Reliever Nelson Figueroa signed a Minor League deal with the Diamondbacks per Eddy. Figueroa spent 2012 with the Triple-A affiliates of the Red Sox and Yankees. Figueroa saw time with the Phillies in 2010, pitching in 26 games before being traded to the Astros.

Utility infielder Cody Ransom signed a Minor League deal with the San Diego Padres according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Ransom hit .220/.312/.411 with 11 HRs for Arizona last season, playing all four infield positions. Ransom was a Phillie in 2010 and provided a pair of memorable home runs in 22 games for the club.

2012 Lehigh Valley IronPig Dave Bush has signed a Minor League deal with the Blue Jays, the team that drafted him in 2002, also reported by Eddy. Bush posted a 3.16 ERA in 11 starts last year for the ‘Pigs and also spent part of 2012 pitching in Korea.

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  • Posts: 0 CS

    I wish Polly all the best, but don’t expect him to play 100 games.

    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      i guess they’re getting a jump start on their DL list for the year! polly want a doctor.

      • Posts: 0 Jaron B

        Hahahaha!!! rofl!

  • Posts: 0 Eddie J

    Oh, thank God. No moronic wrestling references.

  • Posts: 0 CS

    Cody Ross off the market. Are the phillies done playing this off season?

  • Posts: 0 Bill

    I would have liked to seen the Phillies keep Dave Bush. He looked good in Spring Training last year and could have been a good back up plan or the sixth starter/ long man for the Phillies. I still think he has some good baseball in front of him.


    • Posts: 0 Jaron B

      Bush asked for a release right around the time he could have been used. His fault.

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