LADY AT THE BAT: Pudge Rodriguez To The Yankees for Krazy Kyle

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pudge Rodriguez To The Yankees for Krazy Kyle

I had thought the Yankees were done dealing during this current MLB Trade Deadline, but when I arrived home from work yesterday and turned on ESPN News, my mouth dropped open.

Kyle Farnsworth had been having his best year as a Yankee, but with the addition of Damaso Marte and the emergence of Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez and others, it seemed that Farnsworth was expendable. So he was traded to the Tigers for Ivan "Pudge" Rodrigeuz. The deal gives the Yankees a name-brand catcher to fill in for Jorge Posada, who had his surgery yesterday.

This trade really surprised me. I was expecting any additional deal the Yankees made this week to be for a pitcher. Posada's out for the year but, they need a pitcher more than they need a catcher! They can't possibly expect to get very far with Darrell Rasner and Sidney Ponson both in the rotation.

Pudge is an upgrade over Jose Molina, but at this point in his career, how big can that upgrade be? I think it's only a slight upgrade offensively, and defensively, it might even be a downgrade. But Brian Cashman didn't give up any prospects for Pudge, so it's not a terrible deal. So, goodbye Kyle, hello Pudge.

The Lady

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