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Archive for Thursday, January 23, 2003

Rodriguez lands with Marlins

Florida signs 10-time All-Star catcher to one-year deal

January 23, 2003

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— Ivan Rodriguez says he's healthy, and the Florida Marlins must agree.

The cost-conscious Marlins expanded their payroll Wednesday by signing the 10-time All-Star catcher to a $10 million, one-year contract.

"It was clear to me that this was a special opportunity. It was close to being a no-brainer," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said. "When you're dealing with a great and special opportunity and a special player, there are no parameters."

Rodriguez played 1,479 games with the Texas Rangers, hitting .303 with 215 homers and 829 RBIs and developing a reputation as one of the best catchers in baseball.

The Rangers refused to offer the 31-year-old Rodriguez salary arbitration in December in a payroll-slashing moving. Rodriguez received a $2 million severance payment from the team at the end of his previous contract.

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