What's going on with Pudge
Quite simply, the Marlins have had very strong interest in Ivan Rodriguez for more than a week.
The team has had discussions with Pudge’s agent, Scott Boras, and the money parameters aren’t as big a holdup as opportunity. The Marlins are very high on John Baker, and Pudge wants to know he will have ample chances to play.
The bottom line is the Marlins can’t offer guarantees on how much Pudge would play compared to Baker. But the team can provide Rodriguez with the chance to compete for playing time.
There still is a strong belief that the Marlins will end up signing Rodriguez.
— Joe Frisaro