In today’s column, John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press names the many milestones Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez is approaching. Lowe mentions at the end of his column:
"Right now, it seems automatic that the club will exercise the option and have him catch next season — and maybe into the season after that, when he could be passing Fisk for the most games caught all-time."
That is an interesting statement as Rodriguez’s option for 2008 is probably not a no-brainer. It’s for a hefty $13MM. But it should be noted that it includes a $3MM buyout, so the question is whether he’s worth $10MM to the Tigers. PECOTA says $8.125MM, but might not fully value his defense and intangibles.
Some other catchers could be available after this season: Jorge Posada, Paul Lo Duca, Michael Barrett, and Jason Kendall. Since all would require at least a two-year deal, I think Pudge’s 2008 option should be exercised. As far as keeping him in 2009 as well…only for the right price (less than $10MM).