While there hasn’t been much activity during the first two days of the Winter Meetings, one contract that has drawn a lot of raised eyebrows is the two-year deal given to Ivan Rodriguez by the Nationals. One the surface, it almost seems insane, as we’re talking about a 37-year-old catcher coming off arguably the worst year of his career. Rodriguez hit just .249/.280/.384 in 2009, while the once most feared arm in the game nailed down a fairly average 35% of opposing base thieves. But it many ways, this deal isn’t about Pudge at all. If you are the Nationals, who is the most important player on your roster? It’s Stephen Strasburg, and it’s by a country mile. Could there really be anything better for Strasburg’s development than giving him a veteran catcher who understands the game as well as anyone around? Rodriguez basically becomes the real-life, 21st century’s version of Crash Davis. The Nationals had a very specific need, Rodriguez was the best player on the market to fill it, and for a player the Nationals are hoping can turn around the franchise, in terms of both the standings and on a economic level, an additional $6 million investment for the next two years is actually a reasonable one. This contract will be impossible to measure based on the $6 million and whatever Rodriguez does statistically. It might only me measurable on human factor levels that even the smartest statistical minds haven’t quite figured out.