Found October 31, 2011 on NBC Philadelphia:
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In the wake of the offense's failure to produce as desired in the playoffs, one spot that everyone targeted as a potential upgrade was third base. Placido Polanco brings a high batting average and little else offensively, which meant that even Charlie Manuel was willing to suggest that the team look at other options at the hot corner. The biggest problem with any notion of making a splash at third was that there just weren't any obvious candidates on the free agent market that would make the Phillies offense more dangerous in 2012.  That problem was remedied on Sunday night when Aramis Ramirez declined his half of a mutual option worth $16 million with the Cubs and made himself a free agent. That puts an obvious offensive upgrade on the market for the Phillies to take a look at as they build next year's team. Ramirez got off to a very slow start in 2011 -- two homers through the end of May -- but rebounded to turn in a season that was right in line with the best of his c...
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