5 Reasons Orioles Should Acquire Phillies' Placido Polanco

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5 Reasons Orioles Should Acquire Phillies' Placido Polanco
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Besides starting pitching, three harsh realities poke Baltimore Orioles fans in the collective eyeball nearly every night.

First, Baltimore is dead last in the major leagues in fielding. In 82 games, the Orioles have committed 74 errors. This is seven more than the second-to-last team—the Tampa Bay Rays.

Second, the Orioles struggle mightily with runners in scoring position. Per ESPN statistics, Baltimore is 20th in baseball in RISP (.246), and 21st in RISP with two outs (.220).

Third, Baltimore strikes out a ton as a team—666 times to be exact. Only the Houston Astros (673) and Pittsburgh Pirates (671) have been dispatched more.

But the good news for the Orioles—on top of being seven games over .500—is that this team’s front office can begin to resolve these issues by acquiring a ballplayer with a proven big-league track record.  

In this slideshow, I will provide five reasons why Baltimore should trade to acquire Philadelphia Phillies infielder Placido Polanco.

Note: Statistics used in this slideshow are taken from ESPN, and are valid through July 6, 2012.  

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