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Paul Lo Duca | Catcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (42) / 4/12/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona State
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Rockies released C Paul Lo Duca.
Lo Duca was trying to make a comeback, but with Miguel Olivo playing well and Chris Ianetta working hard to regain his position with the Rockies, Lo Duca's road to the majors was a rough one. The 38-year-old hasn't been in the majors since 2008 and is rapidly coming to the end of his career. Still, many teams feel that veteran catchers are an asset within the organization, so he may yet latch on with someone else. Lo Duca is a career .286/.337/.409 hitter. Sat, May 29, 2010 03:51:00 PM

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Rockies reassigned C Paul Lo Duca and LHP Matt Reynolds to minor league camp.

Lo Duca, who turns 38 in April, was 6-for-27 (.222) during Cactus League action. He plans to accept the minor league assignment.
Tue, Mar 30, 2010 08:52:00 PM

Rockies non-roster invitee Paul Lo Duca would be willing to accept a minor league assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

"I'm OK with that," said Lo Duca. "When you haven't played in a year and a half, basically, you need to get back in the swing of things. To go there and get some at-bats regularly would be great. I know there are a lot of guys there that need to get at-bats, too." Lo Duca, who turns 38 in April, is 4-for-22 (.217) this spring.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Mar 23, 2010 08:39:00 PM

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Mariners have scouted Rockies non-roster invitee Paul Lo Duca this spring.

Lo Duca, who turns 38 in April, is just 4-for-21 (.190) during exhibition action, but he has impressed scouts with his receiving skills and versatility, according to Renck. With Rob Johnson working his way back from offseason surgeries, Lo Duca wouldn't be the worst veteran fallback in Seattle, though it is unlikely. Renck suggests the Tigers as another team looking for a veteran backstop.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Mar 18, 2010 05:35:00 PM

Rockies signed C Paul Lo Duca to a minor league contract.

He'll also be invited to Spring Training. Lo Duca, who turns 38 in April, hasn't appeared in the majors since 2008 when he batted just 243/.321/.295 in 173 at-bats with the Marlins and Nationals. The chances of him actually making the team are doubtful, but his former manager Jim Tracy will provide him with a chance to win a job as a super utility player.
Thu, Jan 21, 2010 08:48:00 AM

The Rockies and catcher Paul Lo Duca have agreed to a minor league contract, according to MLB Home Plate producer Brady Gardiner.

Manager Jim Tracy has ties to the veteran backstop stemming from their days together in Los Angeles. Lo Duca hasn't appeared in an MLB game since 2008, and hit just .243/.321/.295 in 173 at-bats that season. He turns 38 years old next April and is doubtful to ever again be productive at the major league level. Assuming the news is correct, Lo Duca would be stuck on Colorado's depth chart behind Chris Iannetta and Miguel Olivo, making it doubtful he will crack the Rockies' big league roster.
Tue, Jan 19, 2010 07:13:00 PM

The Rockies could be interested in signing Paul Lo Duca to a minor league contract, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Manager Jim Tracy has ties to the veteran backstop stemming from their days together in Los Angeles. Lo Duca hasn't appeared in an MLB game since 2008, and hit just .243/.321/.295 in 173 at-bats that season. He turns 38 years old next April and is doubtful to ever again be productive at the major league level. Renck also passes along that the Rockies want to add a bench play and have interest in Robb Quinlan, Fernando Tatis and Melvin Mora.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Jan 19, 2010 06:28:00 PM

Paul Lo Duca told Sirius XM's Home Plate on Thursday that he still has a desire to play in the major leagues.

Lo Duca hasn't appeared in an MLB game since 2008, and hit just .243/.321/.295 in 173 at-bats that season. "I feel unbelievable," he said. "I’ve been hitting the last four or five days constantly and started my workouts... My heart’s into it and I want to go back in it full bore." He turns 38 years old next April and is doubtful to draw much interest from major league clubs.
Fri, Nov 20, 2009 09:34:00 AM

General manager Ken Williams said Tuesday that the White Sox had conversations with Paul Lo Duca during the offseason, but are no longer interested in signing him.

For now the White Sox will let Cole Armstrong, Donny Lucy, Corky Miller and Chris Stewart compete to back up A.J. Pierzynski while Lo Duca searches for a minor league deal somewhere.
Wed, Feb 18, 2009 10:07:00 AM

The Astros are discussing a minor league contract with Paul Lo Duca.

All indications are that the Astros don't trust J.R. Towles, but they're also not willing to spend money on a real catcher. If that leads to Lo Duca and Humberto Quintero sharing time behind the plate, then the Astros will be among the NL's worst at three positions, the others being third base and center field.
Tue, Jan 13, 2009 02:21:00 PM

Marlins purchased the contract of catcher Paul Lo Duca.

The Marlins are now carrying three catchers, but Lo Duca should get plenty of starts. Still, he isn't much of an option in any fantasy league. He hit .230 for the Mets this year with no homers and just 12 RBI in 139 at-bats.
Sat, Aug 16, 2008 10:52:00 AM

The Marlins are expected to promote Paul Lo Duca prior to Saturday's game.

Lo Duca will join the team as a third catcher, but he should eventually see significant time behind the plate. Still, he's not going to be an option in fantasy leagues. Justin Miller is expected to be demoted to make roster space.
Fri, Aug 15, 2008 11:43:00 PM

Marlins signed catcher Paul Lo Duca to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Let go by the Nationals after hitting .230/.301/.281 while making $5 million, Lo Duca returns to the organization he played for in 2004 and 2005. John Baker is currently the Marlins' starter, with Matt Treanor backing him up, but Lo Duca could get a look before rosters expand next month.
Fri, Aug 8, 2008 04:49:00 PM

Nationals released catcher Paul Lo Duca.

Lo Duca, who was given a $5 million contract over the winter, hit .230/.301/.281 in 139 at-bats for the Nationals. While there was no interest in him at his current salary, he figures to be pretty popular once he becomes available for the minimum. The Astros, Dodgers and Reds could consider him.
Fri, Aug 1, 2008 03:39:00 AM

Paul Lo Duca said Wednesday that he'd welcome a trade to a team that would allow him to catch regularly.

Lo Duca has been playing primarily first base for the Nationals with Jesus Flores starting behind the plate. "I understand what the team needs, but I look at it like they're going with youth," Lo Duca said. "I feel like I can catch, and I'm not in the works at catcher here anymore. I still feel like I'm a catcher. Whether that happens, who knows. It has to be the right situation. I want to go to a team where I'm going to be a part of that team. Not just go somewhere and suck up a ring. I want to be part of a ring if I get that chance."
Thu, Jul 24, 2008 10:44:00 AM

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