The 11 times that a Major League club has bid Paul Bako adieu:

  1. November 11, 1997. Traded by the Reds to the Tigers.
  2. January 14, 1999. Traded by the Tigers to the Astros.
  3. April 11, 2000. Sold by the Astros to the Marlins.
  4. July 21, 2000. Placed on waivers by the Marlins; claimed by the Braves.
  5. March 20, 2002. Traded by the Braves to the Brewers.
  6. November 26, 2002. Traded by the Brewers to the Cubs.
  7. October 29, 2004. Granted free agency; signed with Dodgers, Jan. '05.
  8. October 31, 2005. Granted free agency; signed with Royals, Dec. '05.
  9. October 31, 2006. Granted free agency; signed with Orioles, Dec. '06.
  10. October 30, 2007. Granted free agency; signed with Reds, Feb. '08
  11. March 30, 2009. Released by the Cubs.
To recap, that's Reds, Tigers, Astros, Marlins, Braves, Brewers, Cubs, Dodgers, Royals, Orioles, Reds, and Cubs. Along the way, Bako has played in 745 games and compiled a lifetime OPS+ of 62. In his previous stint with the Cubs, in '03 and '04, he appeared in 119 games and hit just .218. But who's to say this is the end of the road for the 36-year-old? Not Cubs manager Lou Piniella.

"The important thing is hopefully Paul can get a Major League job. He's a capable Major League catcher. If he can get a Major League job, I'll be happy.

Besides, there are 20 Major League teams Paul has yet to play for.

Bako statistics and transaction history from


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