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Yankees Acquire Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez

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.

Trade Impact

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.

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5 comments for “Yankees Acquire Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez”

  1. Chea this is good for my fantasy team

    Posted by Dev | July 30, 2008, 8:49 pm
  2. I hate how the yankees can really just go out and get who they want only because they have the money to eat a player’s contract.

    Pudge is hitting .295,5HR,32RBI. Those are bad numbers for a fantasy team. The fact that he is a catcher is what makes him valuable and that’s it. He is droppable if he played any other position. For God’s sake, the man has walked only 19 times this season.

    Posted by Pete | July 31, 2008, 12:51 am
  3. Please stop complaining…it’s not like Detroit was going through with trade as a salary dump.

    The Red Sox are willing to eat Manny’s salary AND get Jason Bay’s contract.

    Posted by Dave | July 31, 2008, 1:03 pm
  4. In 2005, Bay signed a 4 year deal worth $18.25 million

    Yes, how could we possibly eat up Bay’s HUGE 2008 salary of $5.75 million. Not to mention the horror of having to pay him $7.5 million in 2009 (his contract year).

    Oh and it’s not complaining, it’s just the facts. When Lugo went down we didn’t go shopping for a brand new SS. Instead we just called up a great prospect in Jed Lowrie.

    The Yankees can’t call any great prospects up because they don’t have any. What minor league catcher would you have called up anyway? Francisco Cervelli? A career .272 hitter?

    With such a low level of talent in thier minor league system, they had to go out and buy a new catcher.

    In the end it won’t amount to anything. I am pushing all my chips in when I say that the New York Yankees will not win a World Series championship in 2008.

    Posted by Pete | July 31, 2008, 2:42 pm
  5. The Tigers organization must have lost their mind. Pudge was the best think to ever happen to the Tigers. He still has alot to offer and can play for several more years. Pudge will will be so missed and are still loved. I will still follow your career and root for you always. I hope you have the best year ever and show how wrong the Tigers are. Brandon Inge Ha Ha. Good 3rd baseman not a catcher. Love you always Pudge. Karen

    Posted by karen | July 31, 2008, 5:06 pm

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