Placido Polanco hasn’t played third base for a while, but how good was he when he did? The table below looks at each of the years of his career in which he has played at least 100 innings at third and compares his Total Fielding Runs Above Average (Rtot/yr) per season as calculated by Baseball-Reference to the other players on the same team that played at least 100 innings at third the same year:

Year Team Innings at
Worse than
2000 STL 187 Fernando
Tatis (27.0 to -8.4)
Paquette (27.0 to -2.1)
2001 STL 810 Albert Pujols
(22.1 to 6.9)
Paquette (22.1 to -1.9)
2002 STL 587 Albert Pujols
(13.3 to -2.5)
Scott Rolen
(13.3 to 22.2)
2002 PHI 479 2/3 Scott Rolen
(21.3 to 8.4)
2003 PHI 179 Tyler Houston
(-22.8 to -23.2)
David Bell
(-22.8 to 16.0)
        Tomas Perez
(-22.8 to 2.8)

Polanco was very good in all of those years except 2003. Craig Paquette, Fernando Tatis and Albert Pujols aren’t guys especially known for their glove work, but Polanco fared better than all three of them at St Louis according to the stat before Rolen arrived on the scene. 2003 was a miserable year defensively for Polanco at third. In 2004 he didn’t quite get the 100 innings he needed to make the chart — he played just 96 innings at third in ’04 but was very good, putting up Rtot/yr of 51.2 in limited action.

Yesterday the Phillies beat the Astros 8-7. Kendrick got the start and pitched well again, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned, over 5 2/3 innings. Bastardo gave up a three-run homer to Chris Shelton in the eighth inning, pushing his spring ERA to 7.71. Ben Francisco hit his third home run of the spring. Victorino was 3-for-3 and is hitting .314. Castro played short and made a pair of errors.

Kendrick has a 1.37 ERA and an 0.81 ratio in 19 2/3 spring innings.

This says that the Phillies continue to look for pitching depth.

This suggests that the Phillies might let us know if Kendrick or Moyer is the fifth starter on or around March 31.