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Pudge to Astros

           Everyone can put those Pudge-to-Marlins rumors to rest now. Ivan Rodriguez, the 37-year-old catcher who is in the twilght of a certain Hall of Fame career, agreed to a 1-year deal on Monday with the Houston Astros.

           The 'Stros are coughing up $1.5 million for Pudge, who had spoken to the Marlins about a possible return engagement. But such a deal always looked doubtful considering the money it took to sign the catcher and his playing-time demands.