Marlins sign infielder Polanco to one-year deal
By Joe Frisaro /12/20/12 2:18 PM ET
MIAMI -- At the Winter Meetings, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest noted that the club was exploring all avenues for a third baseman.
The club has found its answer, signing free agent Placido Polanco to a one-year, $2.75 million deal.
Since trading Yunel Escobar for prospect Derek Dietrich during the Winter Meetings, the Marlins have been searching for a third baseman.
Polanco, 37, is a player the organization has liked for a while. The question was his health.
In 2012, Polanco was bothered by back injuries, and he appeared in 90 games.
After trading Escobar, the Marlins made it clear they were reinvesting his projected $5 million back into the payroll.
Another candidate the Marlins had been considering to play third base was Miguel Tejada, the 38-year-old former All-Star and American League MVP.
Tejada last played in the big leagues in 2011.
The Marlins recently scouted Tejada, who is playing winter ball for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Republic.
Tejada spent 15 years in the big leagues, breaking in with the A's in 1997 while also playing for the Orioles, Astros, Padres and Giants.
In 2011, he batted .239 in 91 games for San Francisco.
At the Winter Meetings, the Marlins made offers to several free agents, including Jeff Keppinger and Mark Reynolds. But both signed elsewhere.
Internal candidates to play third base if needed are Greg Dobbs, Zack Cox, Chris Coghlan, Donovan Solano, Dietrich and Kevin Kouzmanoff, who signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.