Houston Astros To Bolster Farm System and Trade Pudge to Texas Rangers

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2009

PHOENIX - JUNE 14:  Ivan Rodriguez #12 of the Houston Astros congratulates teammate Miguel Tejada (not pictured) after Tejada scored on a sacrafice fly hit by Rodriguez during the sixth inning of the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Astros defeated the Diamondbacks 8-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

To be honest, I was never a huge fan of the Astros signing catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez for a short-term contract. Granted, Rodriguez is a great catcher, but he's clearly not the player he was in his prime.

He's a veteran who brings experience, but as I saw him play this season (especially his hitting), I wondered if he was a mere place-setter until the Astros could get a catcher like minor league prospect Jason Castro sufficient seasoning.

Now, it looks like the Astros will be sending Pudge back to where his career started—the Texas Rangers.

Houston could possibly get two minor leaguers out of the deal, which would help the team bolster their farm roster.

Rodriguez, 37, is hitting .251 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 93 games and 344 plate appearances for the Astros.

It's probably a good thing: Houston signed Rodriguez to only a one-year deal and probably wouldn't have re-signed him. Now, they get something from him.