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Old 11-17-2003, 09:36 PM   #1
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Exclamation Source: Piazza Seeks Trade

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Phoenix -- Mike Piazza, the Mets' highest-profile player for the last six seasons, intends to inform the team shortly that he would welcome a trade to an American League club, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The 35-year-old catcher has been unhappy with the Mets' direction, the source said, and particularly displeased with the idea of becoming a first baseman. Piazza would prefer a situation where he could catch a few days a week and start at designated hitter the other days, and would be willing to waive his no-trade privilege for the right deal.

Piazza's agent, Dan Lozano, didn't return a call for comment. Here at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Mets general manager Jim Duquette didn't make himself available for questions.

Of course, just because Piazza is interested in playing elsewhere doesn't mean his wish will be granted. As per the terms of the seven-year, $91-million deal that Piazza signed with the Mets in the 1998-99 offseason, the nine-time All-Star is due $15 million each of the next two years, and $3.5 million of his $7.5-million signing bonus was deferred.
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What should/will happen to Piazza?
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Old 11-18-2003, 01:22 PM   #2
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He definitely needs to DH-his knees are worn out! Like to see him play in Cleveland.
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Old 11-18-2003, 02:28 PM   #3
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He sux. Go to Cleveland where all the old washed up has beens go.
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Old 11-19-2003, 12:52 PM   #4
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Right now, I don't think he'd be a good fit in Cleveland. They have too many good, young players and he wouldn't do anything to help them win it "this year".
If he is going to an AL team, maybe he'd consider going to the Angels. They need a DH that is healthy and he can also play a bit in the field. He is well-known to the fans of that area and the team should be able to afford to pick up his contract.
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He sux. Go to Cleveland where all the old washed up has beens go.
He's still probably the best-hitting catcher in the major. He will retire as one of the greatest hitters at his position ever. I don't think he sucks, but he is on the decline.
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Old 11-21-2003, 04:20 PM   #6
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He's still probably the best-hitting catcher in the major. He will retire as one of the greatest hitters at his position ever. I don't think he sucks, but he is on the decline.
He's probably the worst defensive catcher in the big leagues. Jesse Levis at AAA Scranton probably has a better arm than him. However, if Piazza doesn't have to worry about catching 130 games a season he can probably have a few more 30 HR 90 RBI seasons. He'll find a home in the AL somewhere.
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