Pudge to the Astros

Given that the Astros’ catching situation was described as “dire” last week, this makes a lot of sense:

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez has agree to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Houston Astros, a source told ESPN’s Steve Phillips on Monday. Rodriguez can make an additional $1.5 million in performances bonuses. At the World Baseball Classic this spring, Rodriguez, a 14-time major league All-Star, is hitting .600 (9-for-15) in four games for Puerto Rico . . .

. . . Rodriguez has caught 2,173 games, trailing only Carlton Fisk (2,226) and Boone (2,225) in terms of longevity behind the plate.

With only Humberto Quintero and J.R. Towles standing in the way, I don’t think it’s too bold a prediction to say that Fisk’s record is going to fall before the All Star break.

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  1. Travis M. Nelson said...

    Funny, but for as much as we mock Brad Ausmus for his lack of offense, he actually had a higher OBP than Pudge in two of the past four seasons, since he actually walked once in a while.  Not that it means much, since Ausmus’ utter lack of ability to hit with any power, run, etc. negates even that little bit of value. 

    With that siad, this is the Astros’ idea of a youth movement?  Replacing their 40-year old catcher with a 37-year old catcher?

  2. fifth of said...

    I think there is an unreasonably negative opinion of JR Towles floating around. If the Astros start Pudge over Towles, I think we will have pretty compelling evidence that they hate catchers named JR with good minor league numbers. I just assumed their strategy was to bet the House on Towles.

  3. APBA Guy said...

    What’s the deal with Towles? He seems to have fallen off the edge of prospect cliff. Nobody in our keeper league even took a flyer on him.

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