View Full Version : Tigers to announce deal for Pudge

02-02-2004, 02:19 PM
Detroit, MI- The Detroit Tigers have called a news conference for 1 p.m. (et) today, when it's expected they will announce the signing of free agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez to a four-year, $40 million contract. The deal reportedly includes a fifth-year option at $10 million.

This would mark probably the biggest free-agent signing in Tigers history.

The Tigers had been in negotiations with Rodriguez for several weeks with his back being the major concern. Rodriguez reportedly took a physical last week by a spine specialist and passed the exam.

Joining the Tigers would be a vast contrast to where Rodriguez played last season. The 32-year-old helped the Florida Marlins to a World Series title in 2003, but now he'll be on a team that lost an American League record 119 games last season.

Injuries have hampered Rodriguez since he was the AL MVP in 1999. Although he played 144 games last season, he was in only 91 games in 2000, which was cut short due to a broken thumb. He had surgery in September 2001 due to tendinitis in his left knee and then played only 108 games in 2002 because of a herniated disc in his lower back.

A 10-time All-Star, Rodriguez could not have been offered salary arbitration by the Marlins, as was stipulated in his 2003 contract. He was also pursued by the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles.

Rodriguez, a 10-time Gold Glove winner, was paid $10 million for his one year with the Marlins. Last season was another banner one for Pudge, who hit .297 with 16 homers and 85 RBI. He will go into his 14th major league season playing for only his third different team after spending the first 12 years with the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez was the NL championship series MVP when the Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs.

Rodriguez is a lifetime .304 hitter with 231 homers and 914 RBI.

02-02-2004, 02:36 PM
Man the Tigers may win 50 games this year :red: :red: :red:

We have a lot to look forward to :eek:

Actually I think this was a great addition to the team.

He will help out the young pitching staff and hopefully help out the bats to. :D :D

02-02-2004, 02:42 PM
I agree, any big names in Detroit is a bonus and maybe now some others will follow!

02-02-2004, 04:09 PM
Tigers added anyone else?