• Mexed Missages on Pudge: A few weeks back it was FOXSports.com's bow tied baseball writer Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) reporting on the Twitter that it was, "No surprise," after learning of the extent of Buster Posey's injuries, that the, "[San Francisco Giants] already have asked [the] Nationals about Pudge Rodriguez." San Francisco GM Brian Sabean told reporters, as quoted in an article by San Jose Mercury news writer Andrew Baggerly entitled, "PREGAME NOTES: Bochy’s plans for Brandon Belt, Sabean’s plans for the catching position, team meeting about Posey loss, etc.", that though, he hasn’t called any other teams,":
"...several have called or texted him. So if the reports are true that the Giants and Washington Nationals have talked about Pudge Rodriguez, it’s the Nats who have initiated those conversations."
Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore wrote, in an article last Friday entitled, "Mike Rizzo won’t trade Ivan Rodriguez for a ‘quick fix’", that the Nats, "will not part with him for a pittance, and they are not actively seeking out a trade for him." Everyone's choosing their words carefully, of course. Pudge told reporters he'd informed Mr. Rizzo he'd like to stay in the nation's capital, and the General Manager said that in order for Washington to consider trading the veteran backstop, "...somebody would have to come up with a piece that would help us in our long-term future."
In the "Ready to Rumble" section of ESPN.com's Keith Law's article on Saturday entitled, "On a collision course", Mr. Law wrote that the Nats, "...have been shopping the Pudgester since spring training,":
"And he's still so available that 'a team could get Pudge Rodriguez right now if it wanted to,' said one exec. 'They'd love to move him.'"
Mr. Law's colleague at ESPN, Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN), wrote this morning on the Twitter the Nationals have, in fact, "...reached out to the Giants to gauge their interest in Ivan Rodriguez. Doesn't appear as if a lot of progress has been made." Will the Giants get desperate enough to offer up a legit young prospect for the veteran catcher? Do the Nationals have anyone in Syracuse or a step below in Double-A they'd trust enough to back Wilson Ramos up this season should they traded Pudge? Will Rodriguez remain in Washington through the end of the season?
• Tyler Moore Named Double-A Eastern League Player of the Week:
The Washington Nationals' 24-year-old right-handed hitting and throwing '08 16th Round pick, first baseman Tyler Moore, who was the Nats' 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, was recognized as the Double-A Eastern League's Player of the Week today after he, "...hit .448 (13-for-29) with 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 7 RBI, 7 runs scored and a .897 slugging percentage in 8 games," last week, as the Nationals pointed out in a press release on the accolades. Through 47 games and 192 plate appearances with the Nats' Double-A affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators, Moore, who posted a .269/.321/.552 slash line with 43 doubles, 31 HR's and 111 RBI's in 129 games and 553 plate appearances last year at Class-A Potomac, has a .288/.318/.538 line with 13 doubles, three triples, nine HR's and 23 RBI's.
• LINK: Tyler Moore Interview from last summer: Washington Nationals' Player And Pitcher of the Year, Tyler Moore and Tom Milone. - Federal Baseball
• Does having that kind of year change your perception of what you can do?
Tyler Moore: "Yeah, I definitely think it gives you more confidence and maybe just kinda just like, 'Wow', I'm capable of doing this and maybe it just keeps going on..."