The negotiation could also contain $1.5 million in performance bonuses (based on games played and plate appearances) which is a nice price for Houston, who is looking at replacing Brad Ausmus after the backstop became a free agent and signed on with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Among the Astros, the Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants and Florida Marlins -- where he enjoyed a 2003 World Series Championship -- have also shown interest in the catcher. The only problem with most of those options is that Pudge refuses to be anybody's backup.
"It’s very important for me [to be a starter] because I feel good enough to play every day," he said. "I feel very good, ready to play a whole season."A deal with the 37-year-old veteran could help the 'Stros, considering they have all of ONE victory so far this Spring. The old school backstop has been tearing it up with Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, going 9-for-15 with two home runs and six RBIs in four games. He hit .276 with 7 homers and 35 RBIs over 115 games between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees last season, boasting a .993 fielding percentage with 620 putouts and just 5 errors on 6 passed balls. Not bad for an old man.
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