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Less than half of $40M is guaranteed

Updated: February 4, 2004, 9:38 AM ET
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DETROIT -- Ivan Rodriguez finalized his long-discussed contract with the Detroit Tigers on Monday, leaving the World Series champion Florida Marlins to join a team that last year set the American League record for losses.

"This is an exciting day for me," Rodriguez said. "I know they had a bad season last year, but I think this is going to be a completely different season."

The signing of the 10-time All-Star catcher is the latest high-profile move by the Tigers, who went 43-119 ...

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