Detroit Tigers: Team Should Pursue Placido Polanco

Joe UnderhillCorrespondent IIIDecember 6, 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 26:  Placido Polanco #14 of the Detroit Tigers plays against  the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on August 26, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Tigers 4-2.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The rumor mill has been spinning pretty rapidly the last couple of days with the winter meetings getting underway.

One such rumor to come out was the interest the Philadelphia Phillies may have in free-agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez, which makes current third baseman Placido Polanco available.

Ever since Polanco left Detroit after the 2009 season, there has been a hole at second base. If you give Detroit a second shot at those discussions, I bet 9.9 times out of 10, they resign Polanco.

Polanco may not be able to play a 140-150 games at this point in his career, but he could split time between both second and third, providing Detroit with a steady bat where Jim Leyland wants to bat him.

For the majority of his career, Polanco has been a No. 2 hitter, and that is the role I think he'd assume in Detroit.

The expected cost for Polanco isn't expected to be high. An outfielder (maybe Andy Dirks), or possibly infielder Danny Worth and a low-level pitcher might be enough to get the deal done.

All of this, of course, hinges on the Phillies being willing and able to land Ramirez. If they do and they shop Polanco, the Tigers should right the wrong for 2009 and make the deal.