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Polanco returns to Philly

Former Cardinals infielder Placido Polanco became one of the first position players of the 2009-10 offseason -- and certainly the most noteworthy so far -- to ink a new deal.

Polonco, who can play second base, third base and shortstop, signed a three-year, $18-million pact with Philadelphia Thursday. He is expected to pay third for the Phillies.

It is Polanco's second go round with Philadelphia. He was swapped there in the Cardinals' trade from Scott Rolen. Since the trade, there has been something of a revolving door policy at the hot corner of the Phillies' infield. In addition to Polanco, former Cardinals infielder David Bell did a turn.

In 2009, Pedro Feliz played there and hit .266 with 12 homers. Polanco, who spent the last four seasons with Detroit and hit .285 with 10 homers last season. It was one of Polanco's worst seasons at the plate. He has hit over .300 -- often well over .300 -- in seven of his 12 seasons and is a .303 career hitter.