Nationals Sign Future Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez

Patrick McClainContributor IApril 9, 2017

On day one of baseball's Winter Meetings in Indianapolis, the Washington Nationals made the most surprising move of the off-season: inking 38-year old future Hall of Fame Catcher Ivan Rodriguez to a two-year $6 million deal.

While $6 million is not a lot of money to devote to a player, many people find this is a foolish move for an organization without beau-coup dollars to throw around.  Last season, he hit an uninspiring .249/.280/.384 with 10 HR while splitting time between the Astros and Rangers.

This does, however, underscore his defense.  Pudge is still a fine defensive catcher to have behind the plate.  Also, Pudge would be a good person to have around to help develop a young pitching staff.

The Nationals do have a young pitching staff at the Major League level (not to mention a highly touted pitching prospect that you may have heard of named Stephen Strasburg).  For this reason, I think it's very valuable for the Nats to have a veteran catcher who can help mold these young pitchers.

Overall, I don't think this signing is the atrocity that everyone is making it out to be. Jesus Flores should lose some playing time to Pudge, but I believe I-Rod will help the National pitching staff.

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