The Phillies' pursuit of free-agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez is over, major-league sources say.
The team has decided against trading third baseman Placido Polanco, a move that would have opened third for Ramirez.
Interest in Polanco was limited as the Rockies backed off on Tuesday. The Phils would have needed to assume a portion of Polanco's $6.25 million salary to move him, plus sign Ramirez to a three-year contract that likely would have been in the $40 million range.
Ramirez was a backup plan if the Phillies failed to re-sign free-agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins. However, the Phils also can pursue an outfielder if they lose Rollins and play rookie Freddy Galvis at short.
— Ken Rosenthal