Pudge to Sign with Astros

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The Houston Astros and catcher Ivan Rodriguez are closing in on a $1.5 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.

The deal would contain $1.5 million in performance bonuses based
on games and plate appearances, the person said, speaking on
condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been
announced by the team.

Houston needed a veteran catcher to replace Brad Ausmus, who
became a free agent and signed with the Dodgers. The Astros have
several young catchers in camp who need time to develop.

Rodriguez's talks with Houston were first reported by espn.com.