The Philadelphia Phillies are “strong players” for Aramis Ramirez according to a tweet from Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post.
The Phillies current third baseman is Placido Polanco, who has served as a steady presence both defensively and offensively since the club acquired him in 2010. While Ramirez has played mostly third base throughout his career, they could be looking for him to play part-time across the infield at first base as Ryan Howard is expected to miss time with an Achilles’ injury.
Last week, it was reported that the Los Angeles Angels were also courting the former Chicago Cubs third baseman. Ramirez, 33, had a bounce back year in 2011 by hitting .306/.361/.510 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI in 149 games. Ramirez, a two-time All-Star, has a career 162 game average of .284/.342/.500 with 30 home runs and 108 RBIs. The veteran third baseman just finished a five-year $75 million contract with the Cubs, which paid him $14.6 million in 2011. Chicago picked up their half of a mutual 2012 option for Ramirez that would have paid the slugger $16 million in 2012, however, Ramirez opted to turn down the option and declared for free-agency.