OrlandoFish Posted May 11, 2008 Share Posted May 11, 2008 WASHINGTON -- Before signing a one-year, $5 million deal with the Nationals in the offseason, Nationals catcher Paul Lo Duca had conversations about returning to the Marlins. "We had conversations," Lo Duca said on Sunday. "I had a good time there. Everybody treated me well." The 36-year-old currently is on the disabled list with a fractured bone in his right hand. He's so far appeared in 17 games, and went on the DL with a batting average of .200 in 50 at-bats. He isn't expected back until around the All-Star break. Lo Duca played for the Marlins from 2004-05. The veteran catcher, along with so many other Florida players from the '05 squad, was traded after that season. The Marlins obtained Lo Duca in July of 2004 from the Dodgers in a major deal that sent Brad Penny to Los Angeles. The Marlins sent Lo Duca to the Mets for a couple of prospects, including right-hander Gaby Hernandez, who is at Triple-A Albuquerque. The Marlins offered Lo Duca a couple of million dollars less than what he signed for in Washington. Florida ended up addressing its catcher position when Mike Rabelo was obtained from the Tigers as part of the Dontrelle Willis-Miguel Cabrera trade. Rabelo is splitting Florida's catcher job with Matt Treanor. LoDuca I hate that guy with a passion. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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