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Pudge Rodriguez wants to play in 2012; is drawing interest

Nov 14, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman — who never fails to note that he’s neighbors with the guy — tweeted that Ivan Rodriguez wants to play in 2012. He also notes that several teams, including the Twins, Cardinals, Phillies, Blue Jays, Orioles, Dodgers and Marlins have expressed interest.

Pudge certainly can’t hit anymore — hasn’t been able to for years — but as long as he still has knees he’ll land one-years deals, I reckon.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Someone has probably lied to Heyman. The Blue Jays would almost certainly not be interested.

    • cur68 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      Agree. WTF do the Jays want with Pudge? The got a Molina for dog’s sake. That’s all the veteran catcheryness any team needs.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:01 PM

        Imagine one day having a Molina with a side of Pudge. ON THE JAYS!!!! #thingsneverimagined

      • gabrielthursday - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:41 AM

        The Jays will get a compensation pick should Molina sign elsewhere, so the Jays are very much in the market; they also have a young catcher who could use some defensive improvement, and who better to help in that than Pudge?

  2. yankeesfanlen - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Ah, if only Grumpy had it so good.

    • cur68 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:00 PM

      Grumpy and Pudge on the same club; they can trade off catching. Then sign Jamie Moyer. That right there is the core of a team for the ages…or aged. I’d pay to see that product on the field. The battery of Moyer & Pudge/Grumpy… can you HEAR the hyperbole?

  3. Gardenhire's Cat - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Living in the same city doesn’t qualify as neighbors Jon

  4. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    He may be about done but he is still a decent catcher and a Hall of famer.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Ok I’m going to start a scratch pad counting the posts that have “is drawing interest” in them…

  6. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Phillies should sign him. I realize he was terrible at the plate last season, but would be a massive upgrade over Brian Schneider.

  7. tacklemeelmo - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Twins make a lot of sense for Pudge. I would imagine the Twins would be glad to bring him in to replace Butera as the backup to Mauer. They were mentioned as a possible landing place for Pudge on MLBTR a month back.

  8. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Pudge > Koyie Hill. I always wanted to see him as a Cub.

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