Retro look for Phillies next year at third

The Phillies followed the Sixers lead and turned back the clock Thursday when they signed their new third baseman.

The team and Placido Polanco agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal, officially ending Pedro Feliz’s tenure in Philly.

“I never wanted to leave. I always wanted to be here,” Polanco said.

Polanco, a second baseman by trade, joined the Phillies in 2002 as part of the Scott Rolen trade. He left in 2005 when the emergence of Chase Utley made him expendable.

“He’s a professional hitter who will enhance our lineup,” said Phils GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. “As a Gold Glove infielder, we’re very confident that he will make a smooth transition back to third base.”

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