MIAMI -- The Astros always made sense as a potential destination for Pudge Rodriguez. Finally, the team is showing some interest in the free-agent catcher.
It's not yet clear how serious the Astros' interest is.
The three catchers on Houston's major-league roster are a combined 8-for-47 (.170) this spring. With three hits tonight against Team USA, Rodriguez is 9-for-15 in the WBC.
The Marlins also remain a potential Pudge destination. Guaranteed playing time has been an issue in talks with Florida, but it's possible that something could be worked out where Rodriguez would play some first base in addition to catching.
The Giants and Twins have also talked about Rodriguez, even though neither team is in the market for an everyday catcher. The Giants have been looking all winter for a bat at one of the corner infield positions. The Twins seem a more remote possibility, even with the possibility that Joe Mauer will have to begin the season on the disabled list.