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Rangers Bring Back Pudge

With catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia likely out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, the Texas Rangers decided to add some depth at the position by reacquiring Ivan Rodriguez in a trade with the Houston Astros.

Rodriguez, who spent the first 12 years of his career in Texas, will serve chiefly as a backup for Taylor Teagarden. Rodriguez signed with the Astros during spring training as a free agent and hit .251 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 93 games in Houston.

In addition to bringing back one of the more beloved Rangers players of the past 20 years, wild card-leading Texas also brings a veteran into its clubhouse that is filled with young players that have never been in a pennant race. Rodriguez won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003 and played in the World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 2006.

The Rangers have not yet identified whom they will trade to the Astros in return but it is likely to be a pair of minor leaguers.

What do you guys think, smart move for Texas bringing back a franchise great to serve as rent-a-player backup?

By CJ Holley  |  August 18, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  Astros , Rangers  | Tags: Ivan Rodriguez, houston astros, pudge rodriguez, texas rangers  
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IMHO, think it's a good move. Great leadership, fans will love it.
BTW, how has Pudge avoided the 'roid issue?? Take a look at pictures from 3, 4 yrs ago, compared to today's...he now looks like a little guy, no chest, no arms, no shoulders...just saying.

Posted by: scmonty1 | August 18, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

i think it was a genius trade for the astros. no matter who they end up getting for pudge, the fact is that they got something for him and have a player who's putting up the same stats on the team right now in quintero. for the rangers, i can only assume they made it for veteran leadership. they already have catchers who can put up pudge's line so it must be planning on leadership. guess they don't trust millwood for that.

and as for pudge avoiding the roid issue, canseco threw him in there. and if we have learned anything about him it's that he's a SOB who seems to tell the truth about this issue. he even put it in his book, juiced.

Posted by: adampschroeder | August 18, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Nice signing.

He can teach them about the old clubhouse, with Canseco and A-Rod and Palmeiro and himself . . .

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | August 19, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

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