The Miami Marlins are not your typical team.
The 2013 version of the Malins is very weak on talent, with a total payroll of $25 million dollars. Even New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez makes more money – $28 million – than the entire Marlins roster.
And this morning, the Marlins have announced who their cleanup hitter will be, at least for Opening Day. One would think that it would be Giancarlo Stanton batting there.
But if you guessed Stanton as their cleanup hitter, you would be wrong. The team has announced that former Phillie Placido Polanco will be the fourth hitter for the team tomorrow.
One would consider this a pretty laughable move by the Marlins. However, they have no other options than to put the 37-year-old in this position.
Polanco is entering in his first year with the Marlins after signing a free agent deal with the team in the off-season. In his previous 15 years, he has never batted clean up before.
This spring, he played in 13 games for the Marlins. He had a .300 batting average with zero home runs and 5 RBI’s.
And with a cleanup hitter, one would expect a powerful hitter to hit in the four spot. But Polanco is not a power hitter.
He had just two home runs last season and only 13 home runs over the past three years. In 2009, he had 10 home runs for the Detroit Tigers.
Yet, his career-high 17 home runs came in 2004 when he was 28-years-old. After the 2004 season, it took him four more years to even reach 10 home runs, which he has only done three times in his career.
He also had 14 home runs during the 2003 season.
While his power is lacking, he wasn’t a durable player for the Philadelphia Phillies last season. He only played in 90 games, which was his lowest since the 2002 season with the Phillies, when he only appeared in 53 games.
Only time will tell if Polanco stays as their cleanup hitter for the rest of the season