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Nationals To Sign Ivan Rodriguez

9:30am: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports notes that this contract "immediately prompted questions within the industry."  Scott Boras just has a knack for getting teams to overpay, as you know.

TUESDAY, 12:09am: Ed Price of AOL FanHouse says the deal pays Pudge $2.5-3MM per season. 

11:41pm: MLB.com's Bill Ladson says it's almost certain that Wil Nieves will be non-tendered now. 

11:30pm: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports (via e-mail) that the deal is done, pending a physical.

MONDAY, 11:20pm: The Nationals agreed to sign Ivan Rodriguez to a two-year deal worth $6MM, according to Yahoo's Tim Brown. The Rangers will obtain a supplementary rounder in next year's draft because Pudge signed elsewhere after they offered arbitration.

This is a coup for Scott Boras: a multi-year deal for a 38-year-old catcher in a market filled with comparable options. Pudge hit .249/.280/.382 for the Rangers and Astros last year.








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