Ivan Rodriguez, the 1999 American League MVP and one of the best defensive catchers in baseball history, will announce his retirement Monday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Sources confirmed Rodriguez's plan, which was hatched after no decent playing opportunities arose in the off-season. Four teams showed interest in Rodriguez, who had hoped to get a minor-league deal to Rangers camp with an invitation to big-league camp.
Rodriguez, 40, wants to retire in Texas, where he started a 21-year career in 1991. He made 10 of his 14 All-Star appearances won 10 of his 13 Gold Gloves while with the Rangers from 1991 to 2002. The Rangers traded for him late in the 2009 season after a season-ending injury to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Rodriguez's best season was in 1999, when he hit .332 with 35 homers and 113 RBIs as the Rangers won their third AL West crown in four years. He went to Florida in 2003 and captured his only world title that season before moving on to Detroit.
The Tigers were one of four teams who showed interest in him this spring, said a source.
-- Jeff Wilson