Pudge still a possibility?

Whether the Marlins can reach agreement with Ivan Rodriguez remains a mystery. Not much is filtering out on that front, but that doesn’t mean speculation isn’t rampant.

To those connected to the game — mainly player evaluators and numerous league sources — their belief is Pudge will end up with Florida. One industry insider said, “That’s what we’re talking about. That’s no big secret.”

Not that they are speaking with any insider knowledge. They are just putting two-and-two together, and they see Florida as the perfect fit for Pudge.

It just may be, if the money matches.

For now, Pudge will be getting back on the field for the Puerto Rican team in the World Baseball Classic. Many eyes will be on the 37-year-old catcher, and the Marlins likely will be among the teams giving him a strong look.

— Joe Frisaro

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