Farwell Friend: Pudge Traded to New York

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IJuly 30, 2008

The Tigers desperately needed bullpen help and they got it, but they had to pay a price. The Yankees and Tigers worked out a deal a day before the Trade Deadline that would send 13 time Gold Glove catcher, Ivan Rodriguez to New York for hard throwing, reliever, Kyle Farnsworth.

Pudge will be the starting catcher in New York for at least the rest of the 2008 season, after that nobody knows. I would guess he is not re-signed since he is in his contract year and Jorge Posada will be coming back next season. So far this season Pudge is hitting .295 with five home runs and 32 runs batted in.

The loss of Rodriguez makes Brandon Inge to everyday catcher in Detroit, unless the Tigers for some reason make a move to bring in another catcher. Inge, in his first game as the starter, hit a solo homer and drove in three in a victory of Cleveland. Kyle Farnsworth played with the Tigers in 2005 and was asked to sign a multi-year contract with the Tigers and he objected.

The Tigers front office then traded him to Atlanta and after that season the Yankees signed him. Farnsworth had his problems in Detroit off the field, he had trouble with management, fans and teammates. So far this season Farnsworth has a 1-2 record with a 3.65 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 44 innings.

He might be asked to close out games for the Tigers now that Todd Jones has been moved from that job. I would say that the Yankees got the better part of the deal, but both sides got what they needed. Pudge, along with Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte have made the Yankees much stronger as they head into a Divisional race with Boston and Tampa.
For the Tigers, I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't done dealing.