It's official: The Texas Rangers have reacquired catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez to fortify their playoff run.
The 14-time All-Star catcher who started his career with the
Rangers at age 19 was acquired in a trade Tuesday with the Houston
Astros. In return, the Astros get minor league pitcher Matt Nevarez
and two players to be named later.
Rodriguez is one of the most popular players in Rangers history,
winning 10 of his 13 Gold Gloves with the team. He helped lead the
franchise's only three playoff teams in 1996, 1998 and 1999, when
he won the AL MVP award.
He left when the club refused to offer salary arbitration after
the 2002 season. He signed with Florida and immediately won a World
Series, then went to another World Series in five seasons with
The 22-year-old Nevarez has nine saves and a 2.83 ERA in 34
relief appearances for Class A Hickory. He's allowed just 22 hits
with 50 strikeouts in 35 innings.