Well...the more I think about it the more I realize this was a great acquisition for the Yankees. We finally get to relieve ourselves of the virtual heart attacks that we got every time Farnsie took the ball in a close game, and Molina will finally get some time off.
Pudge is batting .290 right now, about equal to what Jorge has batted for his career. Pudge is also a 13-time Gold Glove winner who can throw runners out with ease.
Farnsworth has been good of late and seemed to have found a groove, but he has a long history of being inconsistent in New York. With a pretty solid bullpen consisting of Dan Giese, David Robertson, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramierz, Damaso Marte and Mariano Rivera, a near rehabbed Brian Bruney, and studs like Mark Melancon waiting in the wings, and all of a sudden Kyle Farnsworth looks pretty dispensible.
Pudge is a good pickup for the Yankees and a platoon of Pudge/Molina makes the Yankees as solid as almost any team behind the plate.
The Yankees seem to have found a replacement for Jorge Posada.
The Yankees have acquaired catcher Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers. Detroit will get right-handed pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, who played with the Tigers previously in 2005.
Posada, the five-time All-Star catcher, announced he would have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on Monday.
"Pudge has always wanted to play in New York and Detroit felt it needed a relief pitcher, so both sides were able to get what they wanted to some degree," Rodriguez's agent Scott Boras told The Associated Press.
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