OK, that makes a bit of sense (from Polanco's viewpoint), but this is the second time that the Phillies have screwed themselves by offering a player arbitration when they didn't want really want them - Millwood being the other time. When will the Phils learn?
Polanco's acceptance presents an interesting problem in the city of Brotherly Love. The veteran hit .298 in 2004 with a career-high 17 homers and 55 RBIs. But Chase Utley is groomed and ready to take over second base, and David Bell is signed to play third for two more seasons.
Financially, Polanco will earn a raise off his $3.95 million salary from 2004 and could earn as much as $5 million through arbitration. Most of the offers he received from teams were believed to be in the range of $9 million to $11 million for three seasons, so the $5 million represents a short-term bump.