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Rodriguez, Astros agree to contract

Updated: March 17, 2009, 3:37 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez has agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Houston Astros.

The deal is contingent on Rodriguez taking a physical, the catcher said in an interview Monday on ESPN, adding that "finally, you know, [a deal is] very close." Rodriguez said there was interest from several teams, but the Astros were the team that showed the most interest.

Rodriguez can make an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses.

ESPN's Steve Phillips first reported the ...

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