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Saturday, March 14, 2009

MLB: Pudge open to playing other positions

Throw out those “Pudge Won’t Budge” banners, Los Macheteros…throw ‘em away.

Ivan Rodriguez, one of the greatest defensive catchers of all time, is willing to play other positions.

A free agent who is showcasing himself playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, Rodriguez said he would play either first base or third base if it meant he was helping a team.

“Trust me, I would love to catch, but I can play another position, and I’m willing to play another position, because I’m a player and I love to play,” Rodriguez said on Friday. “That’s the most important thing for me. I’m a winner. I love playing this game. I would love to be on a team and help it win. Whatever it takes to win ballgames, I’d do anything.”

...Puerto Rico’s manager, Jose Oquendo, says Rodriguez would be an asset to a big league team, regardless of where he played in the field.

“I think Ivan is going to be ready to do whatever it takes to help a team—be it behind the plate, be it first base, be it third base if he needs to,” Oquendo said. “I think he’s going to be willing to do that.”

Repoz Posted: March 14, 2009 at 03:27 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tripon Posted: March 14, 2009 at 03:48 AM (#3102798)
Er... not exactly seeing the point of this. Pudge's bat doesn't play everywhere.
   2. JoeHova Posted: March 14, 2009 at 04:15 AM (#3102810)
I'm surprised nobody is signing him. He still seems to be starter quality to me, despite the low OBP. He's definitely better than most back-ups though. If Chad Moeller is catching somewhere next season while Pudge is sitting at home, I'm going to be pissed.
   3. wickedwitch Posted: March 14, 2009 at 04:18 AM (#3102812)
I'm guessing its the price tag that keeps Moeller employed, not the performance.
   4. Belfry Bob Posted: March 14, 2009 at 04:58 AM (#3102835)
He'll deign to play another position? What a guy! Sign him right away!
   5. akrasian Posted: March 14, 2009 at 05:09 AM (#3102845)
I'm guessing its the price tag that keeps Moeller employed, not the performance.

I'd guess so. I'm assuming that Pudge is still demanding starter's pay, and maybe starter's playing time. Otherwise, I'd love for the Dodgers to sign him to back up Martin.
   6. Tripon Posted: March 14, 2009 at 07:47 AM (#3102865)


I'd guess so. I'm assuming that Pudge is still demanding starter's pay, and maybe starter's playing time. Otherwise, I'd love for the Dodgers to sign him to back up Martin.


But what about Brad Ausmus and his PVL value!?
   7. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 14, 2009 at 08:03 AM (#3102867)
There is nothing against the rules for Pudge to take a massive pay cut. Saying Pudge has to make at least say $5 mil or not play is a false dilemma. It's only against the rules for him to accept less than league minimum (around $400K)
   8. Tripon Posted: March 14, 2009 at 08:04 AM (#3102868)

There is nothing against the rules for Pudge to take a massive pay cut. Saying Pudge has to make at least say $5 mil or not play is a false dilemma. It's only against the rules for him to accept less than league minimum (around $400K)


Except Pudge is still looking to be paid more than the league minimum.
   9. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 14, 2009 at 08:12 AM (#3102873)
Yeah, and I suppose there is no real point in not waiting. There could be a spring training injury somewhere, and if not there's got to be job available somewhere on April 1. I could very well see the A's take him as a backup. Old ex-stars who nobody else wants seems to be Beane's market inefficiency these days.
   10. Suff Posted: March 14, 2009 at 01:17 PM (#3102894)
Catcher and 3B? He could fill two gaping holes for the Astros at once!
   11. plim Posted: March 14, 2009 at 01:39 PM (#3102898)
i saw him play 2b once. he could follow in biggio's footsteps!

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