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History of back trouble motivating factor for Tigers

Updated: January 30, 2004, 9:05 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Ivan Rodriguez's representatives and the Detroit Tigers worked Friday to finalize the catcher's $40 million, four-year contract with the aim of announcing it early next week.

The sides planned to continue work on the agreement this weekend, and the Tigers could hold a news conference as early as Monday to announce the deal, a baseball source said on the condition of anonymity.

Part of the negotiations is Rodriguez's health: if he suffers a spine injury in his lower back ...

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