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Pudge Wants P.T.


           Managed, along with the Sun-Sentinel's Juan Rodriguez,  to pull Pudge Rodriguez aside during Friday's workouts for the World Baseball Classic, and the impression he gave us is that he's interested in a return to the Marlins, but only if he receives assurances of ample playing time.

           By ample, I'm talking about a better-than 50-50 split with John Baker, something I just don't see happening.

           Here's what Pudge had to say to us:

           Pudge: "They've been talking to us and you guys know one of the things, what it is (playing time). I'm ready to play. To be honest with you, I'm in good shape. To be honest with you, I just want playing time and I think if that happens I'm going to have a great year."

          I asked him: "How much playing time would you want? Like split time, equal time?"

         Pudge: "No, no, no. I feel like I still can play everyday. Let's see. It's just a matter of waiting and seeing what happens."

         Juan asked; "It doesn't sound like you feel you should have to go to spring training and have to prove to everybody that you're.....

        Pudge: "No, no, no. I can be ready in a week, a week and a half. I've been playing here (WBC). I've been hitting. I played winter ball for a month and a half. Physically I'm in good shape, and baseball shape, I'm ready to go."

        Juan: "Would you like the chance to, or is anything planned, to meet with Marlins people, Larry (Beinfest) or somebody?"

        Pudge: "I talked to them and now they're talking to my agent. They've been communicating with my agent. But, as of right now, nothing's happening. They are probably thinking to have, I think, Baker to be the catcher. But let's see what happens. He's a good catcher. He did a good job last year. He came late and hit .300. As of right now, that's where they stand."

        Me: "So I get this straight, you want more than a half-time job? You want to play most of the time?"

        Pudge: "I'm ready to play. I'm ready to play everyday. I think i still can play everyday at a high level. It doesn't matter what happened last year. Last year is over, and I'm ready."

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STUART

For the right price, you've gotta give him a chance, if he doesn't produce like an every day catcher, then he'll make, one heck of a backup, Baker did do a good job, but that doesn't make him better than Pudge at 37, and I believe Pudge can play first base also, so he could get starts there too... Put it this way, Robelo isn't a major league catcher, atleast not yet, we need someone. WHY NOT PUDGE...LET'S DO IT

boe

SIGHN HIM UP HE WOULD BE GREAT FOR OUR YOUNG PITCHERS WE NEED HIS LEADERSHIP I THINK WE NEED HIM TO MAKE A SERIOUS RUN WE HAVE A SHOT THIS YEAR I FEEL IT

oaktree

Needless to say it would be nice to have him back. The guy had an over 99.3% fielding percentage and threw out 32.5% of base stealers while hitting .276 for the year and .295 before he was traded to the Yankees with 7 homeruns and 35 R.B.I.

In 61 games last year Baker hit .299 with 5 homeruns and 32 R.B.I. His fielding was 99.1%. However, he only threw out 16.7% of base stealers. To defend Baker a little bit, he has decreased the time it takes for him to get rid of the ball when he throws guys out. So, he may be better this year. In fact, I remember a game early on that he was very successful at throwing guys out.

Offensively the lead goes to Baker because he did about as much damage in half the time. Defensively the edge may still go to Pudge. If Pudge does come here he will need to understand he is going to be splitting time. I would still love to have him back though. He was one of my favorite players from '03.

Gary

This is a tough call. Baker earned his shot. Stupid question... I know Pudge has played some 1st & even 2nd...
There maybe a platoon shot with Hermida in LF if Hermida's doesn't shape up... heck Willingham did it the past 3 yrs.

Frank

HEY MARLINS MANAGEMENT MAKE US FEEL 2003 AGAIN AND BRING BACK PUDGE. BAKER WOULD JUST BE TAKING A BACK SEAT TO A HALL OF FAMER IM SURE HE WILL GET OVER IT AND HE DIDNT PLAY THE WHOLE YEAR I FEEL HE HAD A GOOD STREAK NOT A GOOD YEAR. I BET IF YOU SIGN PUDGE IN MODEST AMOUNT ATLEAST 500 SEASON TICKETS MORE WILL BE SOLD JUST MAKE IT HAPPEN SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE IT'S ABOUT PRODUCING ENOUGH WORLD SERIES TEAMS AS YOU CAN IN YOUR LIFETIME

ron f

you better save the money and get yourself a closer because Lindstrom is not the answer...he is being lit up by the Dutch team and they have not been able to hit anyone in this series

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