The Nationals signed Ivan Rodriguez to a two-year deal at a reported $3 million a year. This is a deal that should make sense, just as long as Rizzo, Riggleman, and Rodriguez all agree that he's coming here to replace Josh Bard as the back-up, not supplant Jesus Flores as the starter.
Here's why I like it. First, Rodriguez isn't good anymore, but he's better than Wil Nieves. Second, they needed another catcher. You can't go into as season with Jhonathan Solano #3 on the organizational depth chart.
I had previously dropped the names Rod Barajas and Greg Zaun, but Pudge fills the bill. I kinda wish they'd gotten a switch-hitter, but oh well.
Some folks are carping about the contract, especially the second year. But really, $3 million is pocket change. The Nationals have to be willing to eat that if needed. And as long as they're terrible, they're going to have to overpay to get free agents to come here, if they're going to try to get guys who have other options.
And unlike Paul LoDuca, I expect Ivan Rodriguez to be a professional day in and day out and to have a positive impact working with the Strasburgs, Storens and Stammens of the world. Heck, maybe he can get these guys to admit when they're hurt.