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Ivan Rodriguez won’t re-sign with Nationals, eyes backup role

Dec 8, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

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Agent Scott Boras told reporters at the winter meetings yesterday that Ivan Rodriguez won’t be re-signing with the Nationals, saying: “I think their plan at the moment excludes him.”

Rodriguez backed up Wilson Ramos this year, but the Nationals still have Jesus Flores around and there are a couple intriguing catcher prospects coming up through the minors.

As for where the future Hall of Famer may wind up, Boras indicated that Rodriguez will be looking for a backup role and “there are still a number of teams that are evaluating him and that situation.”

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post speculates that the Marlins could be a fit, as Rodriguez won a World Series there in 2003 and could play sparingly behind starter John Buck.

  1. Tyree Studio - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    I’d love to have him backup in KC!

  2. dcfan4life - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    The Nationals loved his defense, but his offense suffered. Jesus Flores though wasn’t much better so i wouldn’t be surprised if another backup is signed or someone else from the minors is promoted. Sad to see him go though, still an amazing defensive catcher.

    • natstowngreg - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      Pudge, thanks for your contributions the past couple of seasons, and best wishes. As for Flores, he was a useful hitter before his injuries; hopefully, he can get back to being a useful hitter.

  3. tacklemeelmo - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Angels fans may be happy, but I bet Twins fans are the happiest of all this offseason. We already found a backup catcher which means no more Drew Butera!

    If you think I’m delusional for being more excited over a backup catcher than Albert freaking Pujols then you just don’t understand what it means to be a fan.

  4. yankeesgameday - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Miami, anaheim or end his career back in Texas

  5. dondbaseball - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Actually his career ended 2 years ago, he just doesnt know it

  6. bigtrainrr - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Orioles could use a quality backup to Matt Wieters.

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Please replace Koyie Hill…..

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