Ivan Rodriguez Traded to the Yankees

Landis MarksSenior Analyst IJuly 30, 2008

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is a Yankee.Reports are out today the Yankees have acquired detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez in a trade for reliever Kyle Farnsworth.

The Yankees have upgraded the catcher position big time. No offense to Jose Molina of the fabulous catching Molinas , but Jose he is no I-Rod.

Molina is a fine defensive catcher but Pudge is a much better offensive player, steroids or not.

From the LoHud Yankees blog

Fascinating move for the Yankees, who take away from their strength in the bullpen to fill a big hole at catcher.

Brian Cashman put it well, Rodriguez brings an offensive upgrade to the position while providing the same level of defense. He was at .295/.338/.417 for the Tigers with 24 extra-base hits and 32 RBI.

Molina (.226/.333/.310) wasn’t helpless at the plate. But playing him five or six days a week was a risk as he is not in the best condition. Rodriguez knows the AL and he has helped teams get to the postseason.

The Yankees have Brian Bruney ready to plug into the bullpen. They also will rely more on Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras. Mark Melancon could be looming. They traded Farnsworth at the peak of his value. As good as he has looked, do you trust him in a big spot?

Joe Girardi doesn’t. Otherwise he would have been left in the game on Friday night at Fenway Park.