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Giants need catching help, but “don’t consider Ivan Rodriguez the answer”

Jun 9, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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General manager Brian Sabean loves veterans and the Giants are in need of catching help with Buster Posey out for the season, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that they “don’t consider Ivan Rodriguez the answer.”

Rodriguez is old enough that his son was drafted by the Twins earlier this week and he’s hitting .205 with a .585 OPS in 26 games as Wilson Ramos‘ backup in Washington, so unless the question is “who’s a washed up future Hall of Famer?” then the Giants are right not to think he’s “the answer.”

On the other hand, presumably the Nationals will eventually come around to the idea of getting anything of value they can for Rodriguez and Eli Whiteside has struggled filling in for Posey. Sabean and the Giants understandably don’t think much of Rodriguez, but they may still be willing to give up a low-level prospect for his veteran-ness if Whiteside is hitting .190 next month.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Pudge is more than competent defensively and can still call a great game. Veteran catchers have intrinsic value. He could hit .220 and still help.

    • sfchamps2010 - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      I agree. I love Eli but he’s just not an everyday player. Yeah Pudge is old but he’d still would be an upgrade for the Giants.

    • paperlions - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      When did anyone think Pudge called a great game? He has been regularly criticized for calling too many fastballs when runners on to give himself a better chance to throw out would-be base stealers.

  2. simon94022 - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Pudge (OPS+ 63) is not an offensive upgrade over Whiteside (OPS+ 62) . Whiteside is a decent defensive catcher who knows the Giants pitching staff and because of his age probably more durable than Pudge.

    It would be great for SF to upgrade and catcher, but it would also be great if they could put Joey Votto or Ryan Braun in the middle of their lineup. The talent is not available on the market, so the Giants will have to muddle through with a cast of characters who, right now, look good enough to win their division again.

  3. gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    start with letting the Crawford kid stick and hold down SS over the potted patio plant Tejada,, in the morning we give a ring to Renteria, 18 mil for two years makes topiary look cheap released
    that is a major victory for us critics of Sabes and Boche,, yikes, have come to love me some Boch,, Sabes not so much so,,,, and a Panda, make for a Major League left side, been how long,,,, ask the bench coach in AZ what he thought of Mueller and Aurellia, was that the last??,,,,
    won without a ML left side, can do it without a ML catcher,,, receiving and secondly, calling a game with the wicked starting staff are the most important things,,,
    would like to score a few more runs so we don’t have to start in with Atl and the Phukins about whose offense is worse,,,
    offense better than abysmal and pitching health should handle the West,,,,,

  4. bigdicktater - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Could we swap Zito to the Nats? Or Tejada? Or how about Zito and Tejada?

    • gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

      wishin, those are ours to eat, all by ourselves,, mmmmm s@$t sandwich goood

  5. sayheykidwschamp - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    The Nats are in the rear-view and we are not looking back. The next option happens to be the next visiting team…Reds. They have an abundance of catchers and we have starting pitching…Zito or Sanchez. Would they take Zito or Sanchez packaged with a Rowand? No one will take Tejada…and I am dreaming that someone will take Zito or Rowand. So that leaves Sanchez.

    If we have seen Sanchez hit his ceiling, and actually we are starting to see him regress, now would be a good time to move him for a catcher. I can’t believe that the dangling of Sanchez is for a stop gap at catcher…what a waste, but that is the position we are in. Trade Sanchez who is the most attractive now with a year remaining on his contract…teams will shy away next year on trading for Sanchez unless a teams starting rotation completely falls apart. Zito takes Sanchez #2 rotation spot and we hope Vogelsong continues his amazing comeback story. Ironically, if the Giants made the playoffs again this year, Zito would be left off in favor of Vogelsong.

    I am fine with Whiteside at catcher and see what happens at the trade deadline. But it looks like management is at least looking at options…and a lot of fans are screaming for a change. And I ask this to all that screaming…what team will give up a catcher who can catch, call a good game and hit for our scraps? Be ready to lose a top prospect or someone on the roster we already love…or both.

  6. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Pudge is a sure fire first ballot HoFer, but he is only still playing to try and get to 3,000 hits. He needs something like 120, so it might be a stretch.

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