Reports: Phillies pursue Aramis Ramirez, look to deal Polanco

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According to a report, Phillies are looking to pick up Chicago Cubs' third baseman Aramis Ramirez. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

Following a report from the Palm Beach Post earlier today that the Phillies are "strong players" for free-agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez comes a report that the Phillies are actively shopping Placido Polanco.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are looking to move Polanco, according to rival general managers, in order to make room for Ramirez.

Ramirez, 33, just finished a 5-year $75 million contract with the Cubs. He made $14.6 million in 2011, but declined a mutual option for $16 million to remain with the team and became a free agent. The Angels were reported last week to be a strong suitor.

Ramirez' line in 2011 was .306/.361/.510 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI in 149 games.

Polanco, 35, hit .277 with five homers and 50 RBI in 122 games last season but was hampered by injuries after a strong start. He has sports hernia surgery in the offseason.



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