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Ivan Rodriguez to Japan?

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Ivan Rodriguez to Japan?
I know this is probably just a bargaining ploy but Pudge has mentioned that he might sign in Japan. I think there might be some truth to his intent because a Japanese team might offer him more than any MLB team is prepared to. So what does everyone think about a Japanese team signing a North American Catcher? I think it would be great if a Japanese team could/would outbid on players of I-rod's caliber (when healthy). Which teams might have interest?
Re: Ivan Rodriguez to Japan?
[ Author: Guest: Jim Albright | Posted: Dec 21, 2002 3:46 AM ]

If they're interested in Ivan Rodriguez at a price the majors won't pay, that's okay. However, I think the NPB wants to avoid getting into bidding wars over players because that could be regarded by the majors as a declaration of war. I think such a bidding war would be great for players, and not so good for either the majors or the NPB.

Jim Albright
Re: Ivan Rodriguez to Japan?
[ Author: Korisu | Posted: Dec 31, 2002 3:59 AM ]


I don't think it will be a case of bidding war as opposed to Japanese teams possibly paying better than Major League teams will because of the new CBA in MLB. I believe it would go a long way to opening eyes and banishing the stigma of NPB being AAA level. I'm more inclined to believe that it is MLB level, just with a smaller talent pool.

P.S. Loved your ideas on Merger between the two leagues.
Re: Ivan Rodriguez to Japan?
[ Author: DukeRules | Posted: Jan 2, 2003 12:45 AM ]

Pudge better go to the Giants, then he will definatly win another title.

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