The Yanks are a bit pudgier than they were a day ago, addressing their hole behind the dish by acquiring Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for erratic reliever Kyle Farnsworth. It will be Kyle’s second tour of duty with the Tigers, for whom he pitched in 2005. Presumably, this means Brandon Inge will be seeing a ton of time at catcher for the revamped Tigers.
While the Yankees are thrilled with the job that Jose Molina has done behind the plate this season in the absence of Jorge Posada, Molina is not accustomed to playing every day, thus the need to add another catcher.
The addition of Rodriguez is another steal for the Yanks, who acquired Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte for toenail clippings a few days ago, and today add a starting catcher in exchange for a guy many would consider addition by subtraction.
Pudge is batting .295 this season with five home runs and 32 RBIs in 82 games.
Farnsworth is 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA, and of late had finally been pitching well enough to move along to the next sucker. Enter David Dombrowski.
Finally, for all the Yankee fans out there who insisted that this was the “new” Yankees, and winning now at all costs was no longer the No. 1 priority, you can all pipe down. The Yankees are a business – one of the biggest business in the Tri-State area – and they will never sacrifice postseason revenue without a fight – ever! Kudos to Brian Cashman, who, for the time being, appears to have miraculously balanced the best of both worlds.
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