Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/20/12
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Third base has long been a trouble spot for the Miami Marlins, but the team hopes Placido Polanco will at least provide stability there in 2013. Polanco, who signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract Dec. 20, will be the Marlins' fifth new third baseman in as many years. In 2012, Hanley Ramirez opened the season at third base to accommodate new shortstop Jose Reyes. The experiment lasted until July, when Ramirez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2011, Donnie Murphy was the Opening Day third baseman. Jorge Cantu played there at the start of 2010, and Emilio Bonifacio manned the position in the 2009 opener. The Marlins haven't had the same third baseman for two straight seasons since Miguel Cabrera served there in 2006-07. Greg Dobbs can play the infield corners, but the team considers him more valuable off the bench player. Polanco played in just 90 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012 because of back problems. Depending on his readiness, he could compete for...
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