Apparently I pronounced the Nationals’ first day at the Winter Meetings done too soon. Or is this technically Day 2? Anyway, there’s more activity with the Nats.
They have agreed with former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez on a two-year deal, according to a club source. The deal is believed to be worth $6 million, and it gives Washington the veteran catcher who can both spell and mentor Jesus Flores that Rizzo said he’s been looking for. The price seems a little steep, especially for a 38-year-old who hit .245 last year. But there’s no question Rodriguez is one of the best catchers of all time, particularly defensively, and can teach Flores some things. If the John Smoltz rumors turn out to be true, as well, that’s a couple of well-decorated veterans. The question is: How much is too much to pay for that kind of experience?
I’ll have more reaction on the signing tomorrow. Just wanted to throw up a blog post for the bleary-eyed faithful.