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Monday, December 20, 2004

Good-bye Ruben! (and Polanco) 

It looks like Ruben Sierra turned down arbitration!!! WOOHOO!!! I wonder what the Yanks will do to fill in their empty bench now. On another note, Placido Polanco accepted the Phillies offer for arbitration. I wonder why? It seems that middle infielders are being vastly overpaid this offseason. Maybe he's going to wait until next year to see if he can get some better offers.

This from mlb.com:

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.

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?

So all you Yankees fans hoping for Polanco to end up on the Yankees this season to displace Womack, keep on hoping, cause it ain't happening.
# posted by shawn : 12/20/2004 04:25:00 AM -
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