Newsday is reporting the Mets have remained interested in catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodrgiuez. This renewed interest is because they have serious concerns about Ramon Castro’s durability.
I’m glad to know I am not the only one. I’ve been talking about it since last year on MagicMets.com that Castro is a huge question mark. He is frail.
I’m not saying he cannot hit when he’s healthy. He can! The key word here is healthy.
Castro suffered injuries last year which kept him out of the line-up to start the season and then again in the middle of the season for about two weeks.
In 2007, he was placed on the disabled list because of discomfort in his back.
The Mets need a back-up. It was just one more thing they failed to get done in the offseason. Robinson Cancel is not the answer.
So now they turn their sights on Pudge. A man who has a steroids confession right on the tip of his tongue. If the remaining 103 names are released on his name is on that list…I don’t think I need to finish that sentence.
While he might be a decent back-up, the question is who would he be a back-up to: Brian Schneider or Castro?
Pudge is set to turn 38 years old. He claims he’s healthy and in the best shape of his life. Do not put much stock into that. All elderly players make that same claim just to attract teams.
He will be playing in the World Baseball Classic for Team Puerto Rico. He’ll be playing alongside Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, Nelson Figueroa and Pedro Feliciano.
It’s an opportunity to see if Pudge is worth signing.