The Houston Astros have signed veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez to a one-year, $1.5MM deal with another $1.5MM in performance bonuses.
Rodriguez, 37, is a .301 career hitter in 18 seasons with Detroit, Florida, Texas and the New York Yankees. He is the all-time major league leader with 13 Gold Glove Awards at catcher.
In 1999, Rodriguez won the American League MVP Award, batting .332 with 116 runs scored, 35 home runs and 113 RBI for the Rangers.
However, last year with the Tigers and Yankees, he hit .276 with seven homers and 35 RBI.