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Thursday, January 29, 2004

The M's Never Had a Shot at Pudge Anyway 

I love Ivan Rodriguez as much as the next guy, but Detroit just plain overpaid him. Unless he's some kind of unprecedented supercatcher, he's already started going downhill athletically. He's only played one full season since 1999, and he didn't hit that well. Yes, he's still one of the best at his position, but there's very little chance this will be true three years from now.

And frankly, I don't think the Mariners were serious players in the Pudge sweepstakes anyway. My understanding was that he really wanted to stay with the Marlins, but he turned down a very nice three year deal with them. Then the Cubs were his first choice, but Hendry flatly refused to offer him more than two years. Then Detroit showed up with a big bag of money.

So Pudge has been sitting around trying to choose from three very nice offers:

1) Wait until May, sign that 3 year deal with Florida, the place he wants to be.

2) Take the two year deal from the Cubs, the team he wants to play for.

3) Sign with the Tigers, who are offering him the amount of money he wants.

So what made anybody think the Seattle (not where he wants to be) Mariners (not the team he wants to play for) could sweep Pudge off his feet with a 1 to 2 year deal for less money than Detroit was offering?

Doesn't make sense. Boras just likes to drop names. Chill, Chris. Chill.

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