Baseball Crank
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November 12, 2002
BASEBALL: Pudge For Sale

Perhaps the most interesting of the free agents is Pudge Rodriguez. Were it not for Mo, I sort of liked the idea of the Mets signing him (assuming they were competitive, which they're not) and using him about 100 games behind the plate and Piazza the rest, with the two sharing 1B on their off days, the way the Yankees did with Yogi and Elston Howard for several years. Rodriguez needs to cut back the catching or he'll break down completely very soon; if the Cubs sign him he could be Todd Hundley Part 2. It would be a gutsy move for the Red Sox to snap him up and try a C/DH shuffle with him, Varitek and another bat. Would Bill James, who once wrote that nobody should give up anything of value to get a catcher with more than 1200 games under his belt, go along? Seattle might be an even better bet.

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