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The Yankees have just traded for Jorge Posada’s replacement. Rumors had been swirling around other catchers going to the Yankees who were much younger and inexperienced. Instead, a crafty veteran was chosen.
Today the Yankees agreeed to trade Kyle Farnsworth (RHP) to the Tigers for Ivan Rodriguez (C).
No further details on the specifics of the trade have been released.
The Yankees have added another solid piece to a postseason run. They needed a starting catcher with Posada losing the season to surgery. Jose Molina, the starting catcher before the trade, was not ready for a full-time role. Pudge should give quality at bats and produce at the bottom of the lineup. He’s a big offensive improvement over Molina.
The loss of Kyle Farnsworth weakens the Yankee bullpen but Brian Cashman must feel they can live with it. In the end this could be a bad trade if the bullpen ultimately breaks down for the Yankees.
For the Tigers, Pudge wasn’t doing much and the bullpen had been struggling. With such a tough market for relief pitching, the Tigers got a good deal in trading a slightly above average catcher for a quality bullpen arm.