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Ivan Rodriguez | Catcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (46) / 11/30/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Ivan Rodriguez held his retirement press conference Monday afternoon at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Rodriguez was joined by his agent, Scott Boras, and several former Rangers teammates, including the rarely-seen Rafael Palmeiro. The 21-year major league catcher was introduced by former Rangers GM Tom Grieve and current Rangers president Nolan Ryan before making a short, emotional statement. He amassed 2,844 hits, 311 home runs and 13 Gold Gloves in his big league career. Mon, Apr 23, 2012 03:17:00 PM

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Ivan Rodriguez has officially announced his retirement.

It was first reported by Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald Wednesday and now is official following a press release from the Rangers. Pudge will be honored at a ceremony in Arlington on Monday. A sure Hall of Famer, Rodriguez finishes his career with 2,844 hits, 311 homers and a .296/.344/.464 slash line to go along with 13 Gold Gloves.
Thu, Apr 19, 2012 12:29:00 PM

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Ivan Rodriguez will announce his retirement Monday.

Pudge failed to attract interest on the free agent market this winter and spring after batting just .218/.281/.323 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 137 plate appearances last season for the Nationals. He'll finish up with 2,844 career hits, 311 career homers and a .296/.344/.464 career slash line. The 21-year major league veteran won 13 Gold Glove awards and will go down as one of the best defensive catchers of all time.
Wed, Apr 18, 2012 05:59:00 PM

According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals have not made an offer to Ivan Rodriguez.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Saturday afternoon that the Royals proposed a deal to Pudge that included an invitation to spring training. But that's apparently not the case. Kansas City will likely use Brayan Pena as its primary catcher until Salvador Perez is recovered from knee surgery.
Sat, Mar 17, 2012 06:30:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of, the Royals have submitted a contract offer to Ivan Rodriguez that he has yet to accept.

The Royals are looking for depth following Salvador Perez's knee injury. If signed, Rodriguez would provide an immediate upgrade over current in-house options Brayan Pena and Max Ramirez.
Sat, Mar 17, 2012 02:19:00 PM

Buster Olney of reports that the Rays are not considering signing free agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

Pudge isn't ready to retire, but he's having trouble finding someone willing to give him a shot. The Rays are currently slated to open the year with Jose Molina behind the plate, so they could certainly use an upgrade, but evidently they don't feel Rodriguez is it. Jon Heyman of reported a couple weeks ago that the D'Backs had some interest in the future Hall of Famer, but it doesn't appear that they're close to signing him.
Sun, Mar 11, 2012 12:01:00 PM

Adam Rubin of was told by one Mets' source that the club will not sign Ivan Rodriguez.

Mike Puma of the New York Post was told by a Mets' source that the club hasn't ruled out signing Rodriguez at some point, but Rubin was told my multiple sources that such a move is unlikely. Instead, the club appears content going with either Mike Nickeas or Rob Johnson as Josh Thole's primary backup.
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 07:48:00 PM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets haven't ruled out Ivan Rodriguez as a backup for Josh Thole.

A Mets' official spoke with Rodriguez as recently as 10 days ago and instructed him to "stay in shape." The club has roughly $2 million remaining in the budget, according to Puma, but would like to ensure that Johan Santana is healthy before making any moves. As of now, Mike Nickeas projects as Thole's backup.
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 06:09:00 PM

Jon Heyman of reports that Ivan Rodriguez has fielded inquiries from a few teams, including the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are known to be in the market for some catching depth, so it could be a decent match. Rodriguez is seeking a chance for "real playing time," but it seems unlikely he'll get it at this point. The 40-year-old batted .218/.281/.323 with two home runs and 19 RBI over 137 plate appearances last season and threw out 52 percent (13-for-25) of attempted basestealers.
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 11:11:00 AM

Ivan Rodriguez's agent Scott Boras confirmed Wednesday night that his client won't return to the Nationals.

"I think their plan at the moment excludes him," said Boras. The Nationals will have Jesus Flores as the backup to Wilson Ramos, which means Rodriguez will have to find an opportunity elsewhere. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post speculates that the Marlins could be a fit, while Jon Heyman of pegs the Rays and Mets as two potential destinations. Rodriguez, 40, batted .218/.281/.323 with two home runs and 19 RBI over 137 plate appearances this season and threw out 52 percent (13-for-25) of attempted basestealers. He would be a fine mentor for a young catcher.
Thu, Dec 8, 2011 02:05:00 PM

Ivan Rodriguez wants to play in 2012.

And he's already drawing interest, according to's Jon Heyman, from the Twins, Cardinals, Phillies, Blue Jays, Orioles, Dodgers and Marlins. Pudge, who turns 40 years old in two weeks, batted .218/.281/.323 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 44 games this year for the Nationals. He'll probably land a one-year deal.
Mon, Nov 14, 2011 02:39:00 PM

Ivan Rodriguez is starting Saturday for the first time since July 4.

Pudge has been dealing with an oblique strain since early July and has been used as the third catcher since being activated earlier this month while the Nats gave young catchers Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores the playing time. Rodriguez, 39, will be a free agent this offseason.
Sat, Sep 24, 2011 10:58:00 AM

Ivan Rodriguez is "unlikely" to start another game behind the plate this season for the Nationals.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said this week that he wants to continue to give playing time to young catchers Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores. It only makes sense. Pudge, 39, will be a free agent this offseason.
Thu, Sep 8, 2011 04:54:00 PM

Nationals activated C Ivan Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list.

Pudge has been sidelined since early July with an oblique strain. He returns to a .214/.276/.325 batting line and should see semi-regular action down the stretch.
Sat, Sep 3, 2011 05:09:00 PM

Ivan Rodriguez (oblique) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Single-A Potomac.

Rodriguez took on-field batting practice Thursday and reported no lingering discomfort in his once-strained oblique. The veteran catcher is likely to spend a week in the Nationals' minor league system before rejoining the big league club when rosters expand on September 1.
Thu, Aug 25, 2011 05:28:00 PM

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