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Boras pushing the peddle for Pudge

Checking in on the Tigers' pursuit of Pudge Rodriguez and the Astros' decision on naming a No. 5 starter.

Originally Published: January 23, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

News Item: The Detroit Tigers have offered free-agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez a four-year contract worth $40 million. Today, Rodriguez's agent will submit a counter-proposal to the Tigers.

Wait a minute ... The Tigers have apparently offered more money (and perhaps far more money) than any other team has offered ... and Scott Boras (Rodriguez's agent) is coming back to ask for more? I can hear the conversation now ...

"Hey guys, Pudge would love to play in Detroit, but I'm afraid we've ...

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