According to league sources, for a little more than a week the Marlins have been shopping catcher Matt Treanor. The team initiated talks with several clubs they felt were in the market for catchers.In 2008, Pudge, 37, hit 7 homers, drove in 35 runs and scored 44 runs in 398 ABs. John Baker, 27, nearly matched those totals, homering five times, driving in 32 runs and scoring 32 times. He had 198 ABs, nearly 200 less than Rodriguez. The only thing Rodriguez does better than Baker is hit lefties which would make him a great platoon partner candidate. But, according to RotoWorld, Pudge is expected to make around at least $6 million next year. That would make him the highest paid Marlin and obviously the every day starter behind the plate. There are plenty of other veteran free agent lefty mashing catchers sitting on free agency that would come at a much lighter price. Hopefully the Marlins choose to stay committed to Baker's future, bring in one of those Toby Hall types instead and spend that $6 million elsewhere.
Treanor, who underwent surgery on his left hip area after the season, is expected to be ready for Spring Training. Reports have already linked Treanor possibly heading to the Pirates or Tigers.
Entering his second season of arbitration, Treanor could make about $900,000 or $1 million, a price the Marlins don't seem to want to pay. John Baker has the edge to be the starting catcher. However, there is speculation from a league source that the Marlins are positioning themselves to pursue Ivan Rodriguez in free agency. Pudge, of course, was Florida's catcher on the 2003 World Series title team.
-- Joe Frisaro