Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez has officially joined the Texas Rangers organization in a front-office position. Rodriguez won 13 Gold Gloves in his career, 10 with the Rangers. Rodriguez, who spent the first 12 seasons of his 21-year career with the Rangers, will hold the title of special assistant to the general manager, instructor and ambassador. Rodriguez accompanied general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington on their annual visit to the Dominican Republic in January. They say he will assist the team in several areas, including international scouting, player instruction on the major and minor league levels and talent evaluation.