Felix Rodriguez - R - Nationals
Nationals agreed to terms with RHP Felix Rodriguez on a one-year, $600,000 contract.
He can make $600,000 more in roster bonuses: $200,000 each if he is on the 40-man roster on March 29, May 1 and Aug. 1. It's a relative bargain, even with the bonuses added in. Rodriguez is coming off a lousy year with the Yankees and his stuff isn't quite what it was, but he posted ERAs of 3.10, 3.43 and 3.00 from 2002-04. He should be a useful middle reliever for the Nats. Jan. 31 - 8:27 pm et
There had been speculation that he overplayed his hand a bit by waiting so long. It caused the Cards, at least, to move on a minor league contract for Jeff Nelson rather than wait for him. When the Cards were interested though, I doubt that these would have been the terms he would have agreed to. The Rockies were also after him apparently lately.