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.