A source on Friday said the Orioles recently spoke with the Phillies, asking about the availability of third baseman Placido Polanco. The Phillies told the Orioles they would be looking for a top prospect or two, which sounds like a steep price for the 36-year-old, although right now it would mean Ty Wigginton and Mike Fontenot would play third base the remainder of the season.
The asking price for Polanco could drop if the Phillies struggle after the All-Star break. They are 37-50, 14 games behind the first-place Nationals in the National League East and 10 games out of the Wild Card.
Polanco is hitting .266 with 14 doubles, two home runs, 18 RBIs and a .653 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, but after a poor start to the season he is hitting .285 with a .707 OPS since April 24. Polanco has won a Gold Glove at second base and third base, so he could play either position for the Orioles.
Polanco is making $6.25 million this season, and has a $5.5 million club option with a $1 million buyout for 2013. He can be a productive player when healthy, but he has been on the disabled list three times the previous two seasons and has missed time this season because of an injured wrist and ankle.
Orioles second baseman Robert Andino has hit .182 with a .514 OPS since May 4.