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.
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