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Pudge to Sign With Houston

In the midst of an impressive showing in the World Baseball Classic, free agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez has finally landed a new major league deal.

Rodriguez and the Houston Astros have reportedly come to terms on a one-year, $1.5 million contract that could pay an additional $1.5 million based upon incentives.

Rodriguez is currently hitting .600 in the WBC while playing for a Puerto Rican team that slaughter-ruled the United States this weekend.

Last year, Rodriguez split time behind the plate with the underachieving Detroit Tigers and the underachieving New York Yankees where he served as a late-season replacement for an injured Jorge Posada. In Detroit and New York he combined for some of his lowest offensive outputs in years, hitting .276 with just seven home runs and 35 RBI.

But if the offensive show he's put on in the WBC is any indication, Pudge may be ready to contribute again and could see an up-tick in his numbers by moving to the National League where's he's only spent one previous season as part of Florida's World Series team in 2003.

While the money may not be huge for this deal, Rodriguez still wants to be a No. 1 catcher, something the Astros seem more than willing to accomodate as Humberto Quintero was slated to be their starter.

By CJ Holley  |  March 16, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Astros , Marlins , Tigers , Yankees  
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Great signing for both teams (though who knows what the money COULD have been it's still a good deal). Pudge has a great shot at starting all season long and, who knows, possibly into next year. Until Towles shows he can do ANYTHING in the Bigs, the Astros will be needing a starting catcher. And Quintero is awful offensively as well.

Congrats to Pudge for picking the perfect place for him. And hey, now I can go watch a future Hall of Famer a couple times this year. Too bad it's not back in his prime.

Posted by: adampschroeder | March 16, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Stros were reqady to give a lot of playing time to the kid, Towles. I guess they think that they can compete after all.

Posted by: dfh123 | March 16, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

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