Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Don't Peg `Pags' out Yet as a Cards Catcher

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Don't Peg `Pags' out Yet as a Cards Catcher

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It had been commonly assumed that Tom Pagnozzi, who has appeared in just 22 games this year, would not be the Cardinals' regular catcher next season.

That school of thought held that Eli Marrero or Mike Difelice would be, and that Pagnozzi would waive his rights as a veteran player and make himself available for the expansion draft.

"But my first choice is to stay here," Pagnozzi said. "That's why I signed a two-year deal." When he signed his two-year contract, Pagnozzi had offered to waive his 5-10 rights (five years with one team, 10 years in the majors). The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays begin play next season. Pagnozzi has homes in Phoenix and St. Petersburg, Fla., and often has spoken of ending his career in Arizona. But it appears that manager Tony La Russa's first choice also is for Pagnozzi to stay with St. Louis. La Russa suggested as much in a recent on-the-field chat with Pagnozzi. "Difelice has had a solid year, and Marrero has shown his ability, so there could be a tendency to say that Difelice and Marrero will be the catching in 1998," La Russa said. …

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