Joe Capozzi tweeted this morning that the Phillies are looking hard at Aramis Ramirez to be their 2012 third baseman.
The club is also pursuing trading current third baseman Placido Polanco to make way for the former Cubs slugger, tweets Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Upgrading from Ramirez to Polanco would presumably give the Phillies another power threat in the lineup, especially important with Ryan Howard likely to miss some time early in the season due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon that he had surgically repaired. Ramirez, 33, won the Silver Slugger award at third base in 2011 after hitting .306 with 26 home runs and 96 RBI for the Cubs. Polanco hit .277 with 5 home runs and 50 RBI in 2011 for the Phillies. The 36-year-old infielder is recovering from double hernia surgery and is expected to be ready for Opening Day.