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?
August 18, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
Categories: Astros , Rangers | Tags: Ivan Rodriguez, houston astros, pudge rodriguez, texas rangers
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