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Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:37 pm
 
Ivan Rodriguez

By C. Trent Rosecrans


As soon as Buster Posey went down last week, Twitter had Ivan Rodriguez headed to San Francisco.

It's not going to be that easy, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.

Although the Nationals seem to have a surplus of catchers, they're not going to let the future Hall of Famer go cheap.

"To move him, it would have to be a good deal that helps us long term, not a quick fix trade for offense to get us to the time when Ryan Zimmerman is back," Rizzo told the Washington Post. "Pudge would be a big piece for a contending team if they need a catcher."

Although Rodriguez is hitting just .211/.259/.342 and is now the backup for rookie Wilson Ramos, Rodriguez is still a good defensive catcher and a good leader in the clubhouse.

"We still need him here," Rizzo said. "His value to us has only risen since he got here and especially this year. The way he's worked with Wilson Ramos, he's proved it's not show or B.S. He's embraced the city of Washington. He wants to stay here. Sp, somebody would have to come up with a piece that would help us in our long-term future."

Rodriguez, 39, is in the final year of a two-year contract that pays him $3 million this season.

Although the Giants could use another catcher, even if it's to back up Eli Whiteside, selling Rodriguez now wouldn't make a lot of sense for the Nationals. As the season goes along, there will be more teams that need a catcher, and with Rodriguez' resume, his recent performance at the plate won't hinder his trade value.

Another reason to wait is that the Nationals' best catcher prosepct, Derek Norris, is struggling with the bat at Double-A, where he's hitting just .231/.383/.484.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:35 am
 

Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:30 am
 

Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

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Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

The Nats should be happy to get anything for him at this point. Maybe a back-up outfielder or some relief help, but nothing more.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:33 am
 

Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

Pudge is a great leader in the clubhouse, a good teammate, and an occassional hit....Giants ???



Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:59 am
 

Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

the heck with pudge. there is a guy in the SF organization with very good power and almost as good as an arm. his name is hector sanchez



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 1:27 am
 

Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

Move him for as much as they can get for him. The Mets aren't going to let Reyes go cheap either. For the Nats, Werth got a good contract, some teams have plenty of money with the payrolls they have.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:05 am
 

Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

With a lot of clubs looking for a catcher right now I would not blame Nationals GM Mike Rizzo to get as much as he can for Ivan Rodriguez. But then again no matter what Rizzo wont get that much for a run down catcher like Rodriguez and that's for sure.



Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

"To move him, it would have to be a good deal that helps us long term, not a quick fix trade for offense to get us to the time when is back," Rizzo . "Pudge would be a big piece of baggage and alot of dead weight considering he is in the twilight of his career,he would be no help at all for a contending team if they need a catcher."


Fixed it for ya Rizzo,to think any MLB GM let alone you would think Ivan Rodriguez has a drop of anything left in his tank is ridiculous



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

now Nats can trade Pudge and have something good back

to teach young catchers(Nats have lots of talent in minor at this position) they can trade for some old catchers(Blanco, Castro, Molina...)best known for their defense...because they will be so cheap in terms of dealing and salary

 




Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Nats' GM: Pudge won't come cheap

Pudge needs to go back on the juice.  He is 1/2 the size he was at his early 30's peak.  Roid em up and deny it.


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