Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pudge, Tigers Close to Agreement

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pudge, Tigers Close to Agreement

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Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez and the Detroit Tigers were on the verge of agreeing to a $40 million, four-year contract, The Associated Press learned Wednesday night.

The 10-time All-Star catcher was to be examined in Texas today by physician Andrew Dossett, two baseball sources told the AP on the condition of anonymity. Dossett is the spine consultant to the Rangers and has treated Rodriguez for many years.

If all goes well in the exam, the agreement between the free agent and Tigers could be announced Friday, one of the sources said.

Rodriguez, 32, hit .313 last season with 16 homers and 85 RBI, and was MVP of the NL Championship Series win over the Chicago Cubs last season. He helped lead the Marlins past the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Baseball roundup: All-Star Melvin Mora agreed to a $10.5 million, three-year contract with the Orioles, avoiding salary arbitration. He hit .317 with 15 homers and 48 RBI in 96 games last season while playing in the infield and outfield. The Orioles signed Mora, catcher Javy Lopez, shortstop Miguel Tejada, first baseman Rafael Palmeiro and right-hander Sidney Ponson for $132 million combined, but declined to invite back former legends Boog Powell and Frank Robinson to their fantasy camp for financial reasons. . . . Left-hander Darren Oliver agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Marlins pending a physical, the team said. . . . Brian Goldberg, agent for Reds center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., says Griffey is way ahead of schedule in recovering from shoulder surgery and on schedule in recovering from ankle surgery. . . . Former Mets player Wally Backman was hired to manage the Arizona Diamondbacks' Class A Lancaster JetHawks. . . . Third baseman Dean Palmer, plagued injuries, announced his retirement. . . . Infielder Todd Zeile, 38, returned to the Mets, finalizing his $1 million, one-year contract. …

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