With the Marlins current catching situation they should seriously consider bringing back Paul LoDuca as he has just recently been released. The 35-year old righty swinging LoDuca isn’t having his best season but a lot of that what because of a injury earlier this year and sporadic playing time. He played in 46 games for the Nationals this season and he was 32 for 139 (.230 avg, .582 OPS) with 13 runs scored and 12 RBIs. Still, LoDuca has had a good major league career and he’s a much better hitter than any catcher the Marlins have in the organization. LoDuca has played in 1,061 games in his major league career and he is 1,102 for 3,858 (.286 avg, .745 OPS) with 480 runs scored, 80 homers and 478 RBIs. Lefty swinging John Baker hasn’t been as awful with the bat as Matt Treanor, Paul Hoover or Mike Rabelo so he will likely get most of the playing time if the Marlins don’t bring in anyone like LoDuca. Baker has played in 18 games for the Marlins this season and he is 12 for 56 (.214 avg, .729 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBIs. The Marlins are scared to play current backup Paul Hoover too much as he looks overmatched at the plate. He has played in 13 games for the Marlins this season and he is 8 for 40 (.200 avg, .463 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Matt Treanor was the starter at the beginning of the season but he can’t hit either and he’s going to try to fight through an injury which isn’t a good idea. He has played in 54 games for the Marlins this season and he is 44 for 183 (.240 avg, .620 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 2 homers and 18 RBIs. The Marlins should sign LoDuca before the Astros do.
UPDATE: The Marlins have signed Paul LoDuca to a minor league contract and they assigned him to AAA. LoDuca played parts of two season for the Marlins and he played in 184 games in which he was 174 for 631 (.276 avg) with 72 runs scored, 9 homers, 88 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Look for LoDuca to get a chance for the Marlins soon if he gets off to a good start in AAA.