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Could Polanco's Return Mean Someone Else Exits?

For the second season in a row, the Phillies were seemingly burned by an arbitration offer that they hoped wouldn't be accepted. Placido Polanco accepted arbitration Sunday and is considered signed by the Phillies for next season. It is also very likely that he will get at least $5 million either through agreeing to a contract or through arbitration. That's a high price for a guy who is figured on to be a platoon player at best. It may mean that another player will be sacrificed to clear salary.

The Phillies have benefitted from salary dumps in the past; at least we all thought at the time that they benefitted. It was the winter of 2002 and the Braves needed to clear some salary. They shipped Kevin Millwood to the Phillies for Johnny Estrada. At the time, we all laughed at what Atlanta had done for a division rival. Now, we're still chewing on the crow that we are eating for those few...

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