Pudge Not Ready To Call It Quits

Ivan Rodriguez must not know how to golf. Or fish. Or relax.

The 38-year-old catcher reached a preliminary agreement with the Washington Nationals Monday on a two-year, $6 million contract. All he has to do is pass a physical.

The 14-time All-Star, 13-time Gold Glove winner, and 1999 AL MVP split last season between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, hitting a combined .249 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs. Pudge is the big league leader in games caught at 2,288... which should come as no surprise since he's been playing in the big leagues since Joe Mauer was in second grade.

In Washington, he'll likely play second fiddle to Jesus Flores, who missed most of last season after being hit by a foul ball. He returned for three at-bats in early September before undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. In 93 at-bats overall, Flores batted .301 with four longballs and 15 RBIs.

[Washington Post] | [National Baseball Report] | [Nationals Farm Authority]


Anonymous said...

Wow - putting Joe Mauer in second grade during Pudge's rookie year really does put that into perspective. Some of the young baseball fans weren't even born yet when he got his start!