The Rangers have acquired 37-year old righty swinging catcher Ivan Rodriguez from the Astros for 22-year old switch hitting 2B Jose Vallejo and 22-year old righty reliever Matt Nevarez. Rodriguez has played in 93 games for the Astros this season and he is 82 for 327 (.251 avg, .662 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 8 homers and 34 RBIs. He has now played in 2,360 games in his major league career and he is 2,687 for 8,972 (.299 avg, .809 OPS) with 1,294 runs scored, 303 homers, 1,251 RBIs and 124 stolen bases. Coming back to Texas could reinvigorate Ivan Rodriguez as he is the All-Time Leader in Rangers’ history in hits. He has played in 1,479 games for the Rangers in which he is 1,723 for 5,656 (.305 avg, .831 OPS) with 852 runs scored, 215 homers, 829 RBIs and 80 stolen bases. The Rangers did give up a couple of solid prospects to get I-Rod. Jose Vallejo was the #18 rated prospect in the Rangers’ system coming into this season according to Baseball America. Vallejo has played in 104 games in AA-AAA ball this season and he is 96 for 392 (.245 avg, .606 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 2 homers, 38 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Matt Nevarez has really pitched well in A-ball this season. He has pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in A-ball this season and he is 1-4 with 9 saves, a 2.83 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has only allowed 22 hits in 35 innings this season while whiffing 50 batters showing what kind of stuff he has. This was still a solid move for the Rangers as Ivan Rodriguez has been a money player in the post season the last few seasons.