The Colorado Rockies had been linked to Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco during these winter meetings, but it appears that the front office is pulling out of talks, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Polanco has one remaining year left on his contract with the Phillies, who are hot in pursuit of top free agent Aramis Ramirez as an impact bat on the hot corner. The Rockies entered trade talks for Polanco to play second base -- as the trade talks with the Atlanta Braves for Martin Prado appear to be at an impasse -- and Polanco would be a serviceable placeholder, though he hasn't played at second for several years. Instead, it appears the Rockies are going to search for their starting second baseman elsewhere as Rosenthal claims the front office no longer believes that Polanco is a MLB regular at second base any longer.
The hot stove continues, and the Rockies appear to be in the thick of it. Polanco was a reach for next season, and it appears those pieces are no longer falling into place.