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Pudge: Coaching 'could really interest me'

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Pudge: Coaching 'could really interest me'

Former Nationals' catcher Pudge Rodriguez is recently retired and seems to be enjoying his life after baseball. He has participated in ceremonies with the Texas Rangers and even represented them at the 2012 MLB Draft. But in a recent interview with NBCSports.com, Rodriguez says returning to baseball as a coach is not out of the question.

"Thats something I could try. I might do it later on. Its too early right now, but its something that could really interest me down the road," he said.

Pudge played for an amazing 21 seasons as a catcher and must have some secret to his longevity. And as a backstop he may have the right mindset to be a manager. Catchers call games for pitchers and tend to make good MLB managers. See Bruce Bochy, Mike Scoscia, Joe Girardi, and Joe Torre as examples.

Rodriguez was a 14 time All-Star, won 13 Gold Gloves, an MVP award, and a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003. He has the resume, but does he have the desire?

"Anything can happen," he said.

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Reports: White Sox trade Chris Sale to Red Sox, not Nationals

Reports: White Sox trade Chris Sale to Red Sox, not Nationals

The Nationals missed out on a major trade target when news broke this afternoon that the White Sox had traded ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox. 

The report comes from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. 

Washington had been the frontrunner to land Sale as recently as this morning. And as recently as 30 minutes ago, the Nationals vs. Red Sox contest seemed like it could go either way.

But apparently the Nats couldn't match Boston's offer of Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech plus two minor leaguers, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network. 

Now, the dream rotation of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Sale won't happen. 

The trade for Sale was so close, it could impact other potential deals for the Nationals. The team reportedly explored trading Gio Gonzalez to the Yankees if Sale indeed ended up in Washington. 

MORE NATIONALS: Report: Nats exploring trading Gio to Yankees

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MLB Hot Stove Rumors: Nationals exploring trading Gio Gonzalez to Yankees

MLB Hot Stove Rumors: Nationals exploring trading Gio Gonzalez to Yankees

Here's an interesting report for Nationals fans to keep an eye on: If Washington lands White Sox ace Chris Sale, they may trade left Gio Gonazlez to the Yankees. 

From Rich Mancuso of New York Sports Day:

A reliable National League source early this morning at the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings confirmed that the Washington Nationals are close to a deal with the New York Yankees that would send lefthander Gio Gonzalez to the Bronx. In return the Yankees would send the Nationals two minor league prospects and maybe another player.

Mancuso stipulates that the trade agreement, which is not yet official, would be contingent upon the Nationals acquiring Sale. 

Gonzalez, 31, is in the last year of his contact with Washington after arriving in 2012 from Oakland. He finished the 2016 season with an 11-11 record, 4.57 ERA and 171 strikeouts. 

UPDATE 1:34 p.m.: The Nationals lost on out Sale, who was instead traded to the Red Sox. 

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