Pudge would welcome a chance with Mets

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Future Hall of Fame catcher Pudge Rodriguez said he would welcome a chance to play for the New York Mets, one of the teams rumored to be in the hunt for his services.

“It could be a great team to go to,” said Rodriguez before today’s game between Puerto Rico and the Red Sox. “Having me there with a young pitching staff would be good for the team.”

Rodriguez also acknowledged that the Astros and Marlins had expressed interest but was leaving his negotiations up to agent Scott Boras. Rodriguez kidded that Boras probably has more time on his hands now that the Manny Ramirez deal is signed.

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Rodriguez said he wouldn’t balk at a 1-year deal, but wasn’t as precise about accepting a backup role, though he said his objective is to “get signed.” Asked whether he was surprised he was still unsigned he said, “Yeah, I’m surprised. That’s baseball. Sometimes you just have to stay strong.”

He said he was happy the Jason Varitek situation finally got resolved with the Red Sox. “Jason went through a tough time. He belongs here. He’s had a lot of good years for this organization.”

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