Pudge-White Sox a good match

Pudge-White Sox a good match

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 01/21/2009 - 11:19
Kenny Williams _ unfortunately _ doesn't pick up the phone and call White Sox beat writers before making roster moves. I feel pretty safe saying no other major-league general manager does, either. That's why you see so many wild rumors out there at this time of the year. So, hey, let's throw out another one. Pudge Rodriguez to the Sox. Give him a one-year, $1 million deal and tack on some incentives. As Danny Knobler reported on CBSSports.com yesterday, Rodriguez is one of many free agents still looking for work, and it sounds like only the Marlins have been showing interest. If they haven't done so already, the White Sox should check him out. They have workhorse A.J. Pierzynski as their No. 1 catcher, but the Sox could use a backup after wisely letting Toby Hall exit as a free agent. In two seasons with the White Sox, Hall played with a bum right shoulder and delivered a grand total of 10 RBI in 79 games. Currently, the Sox have five reserve catcher candidates: Cole Armstrong, Tyler Flowers, Donny Lucey, Corky Miller and Chris Stewart. Flowers is a regarded minor-league prospect and Armstrong has potential, but Pudge would clearly be an upgrade. At 37 years old, Rodriguez is on the downside of his Hall of Fame career. He batted just .219 in 33 games for the Yankees after being traded by the Tigers last year, but Pudge told Knobler he is ready to return to a high level of play. "I'm in great shape," he said. "Whoever gets me, it's going to be a lot like hitting the lotto. I'm back in the shape I was in 2004. I'm at 195-200 (pounds), and I'm ready to go. I just want to let everyone know I'm ready to go.” A close friend of manager Ozzie Guillen, Pudge has likely already relayed that message to the White Sox. And if he did wind up signing with the South Siders, Rodriguez would instantly pose a threat to opposing base stealers, who have been running wild on the Sox for years. Pudge has made millions of dollars during his 18-year career. If he’s willing to play for what amounts to baseball’s minimum wage, the Sox should be willing to seriously consider offering a contract.
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