Miami Marlins Sign Veteran 3rd Baseman Placido Polanco

Paul Francis Sullivan@@sullybaseballChief Writer IDecember 20, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 14: Placido Polanco #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI single against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning on June 14, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Phillies defeated the Twins 6-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Miami Marlins have agreed to terms with veteran third baseman Placido Polanco, according to the Associated Press (via Yahoo Sports.)

Perhaps the Miami Marlins traded away too many major leaguers. According to the Twitter feed of ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Marlins were not happy with their options at third base and were actually scouting Miguel Tejada in winter ball.

Instead, they are bringing in the 37-year-old former Philadelphia Phillies infielder. He will be more than a decade older than many of his teammates after the recent purging of players in Miami.

Polanco has been a major leaguer for 15 seasons, including stops with the St. Louis Cardinals and two tours with the Philadelphia Phillies.

His most memorable seasons were in Detroit where he was an All-Star, a Gold Glove award winner and a Silver Slugger for the Tigers.

In 2006, he put on a postseason rampage in the Tigers' path to the World Series. He batted .412 with an OPS of .915 in the division series upset of the New York Yankees. Then, in the Tigers' sweep of the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS, he hit a robust .529 with an OPS of 1.167 and was named the Most Valuable Player.

In 2007 he was the starting second baseman in the All-Star Game, finished third in the batting race and won his first of two Gold Gloves as a second baseman.

When he returned to Philadelphia in 2010, he shifted to third base and won the Gold Glove for the position in 2011, another All-Star season.

In 2012, he struggled with injuries and his numbers reflected a decline.

But a team in full rebuilding mode with young players like the Marlins can use a few veteran voices to show players how it is done.

They could do a lot worse than Placido Polanco.