Ivan Rodriguez Is Not What the New York Yankees Needed

Mike Kutniewski JrCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2008

The New York Yankees saw an issue at catcher and made a move today to “fill” it. Shortly after, I heard about the trade of Kyle Farnsworth to Detroit for 14-time All Star Ivan Rodriguez.


The Yanks were reportedly in the hunt for Pudge several years ago, but didn’t have the blue-chip prospects. Makes you wonder why they were now able to get him for what some saw as an underachieving middle-relief pitcher.


Don’t get me wrong, Pudge will go down as one of the best catchers in baseball history, but did the Yankees really have an issue at the position? Jose Molina moved into the starting spot after Posada went under the knife. So he isn’t knocking the ball out of the park, but he does have 15 doubles.


The important thing here is he has thrown out 26 of 55 runners trying to steal off him, and as of the other day, he led the majors in that category. Pudge has only caught 18 of the 50 runners.


You can’t say Farnsworth didn’t put himself in this position, but he was starting to turn things around. He has been on a hot streak, bringing his ERA down to 3.65, and he was becoming a dependable member of the 'pen. He returns to an organization he pitched for in 2005, when he split the season with Atlanta.


The Yankees were doing just fine with the catching tandem they had before the game ended. If they felt another move was needed, I don't think a catcher was it. I knew something was going on when Chad Moeller played third base during the ninth inning of today’s game.