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Thomson puts the smack down on Paul LoDuca

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John Thomson says Paul LoDuca is the reason he didn't sign with the Mets:

John Thomson was surprisingly candid Wednesday about one of the reasons he chose the Toronto Blue Jays over the Mets: He didn't want to pitch to New York catcher Paul Lo Duca.

Thomson agreed to a $500,000, one-year contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday and will get a chance to win a spot in their rotation during spring training. The right-hander said the Mets also offered a major league deal, but he wasn't interested.

"As far as just looking at Paul Lo Duca across the field, I'm not really into how he acts behind the plate," Thomson said on a conference call. "I know a bit about [Toronto catcher] Gregg Zaun and I know he wants to win and he's not going to let anything get in his way to do that, and I like that.

Someone needs to tell Thomson that Paul LoDuca is the heart and soul of every team he's with, and the downfall of Paul DePodesta can be traced to his decision to trade the Heart And Soul of the Dodgers.