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Pudge will help Yanks, Tigers will miss him

Posted on: July 30, 2008 4:59 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2008 6:07 pm
 

Here's a prediction. Two of them, actually.

Pudge Rodriguez will help the Yankees. And the Tigers will miss him more than they think.

It's always that way when Pudge changes teams. The Rangers missed him, and the Marlins won a World Series with him. The Marlins missed him, and eventually the Tigers went to the World Series with him.

Now he's off to the Yankees, traded today for Kyle Farnsworth, in a deal that helps the Yankees and might well hurt the Tigers. Yes, the Tigers needed help in the bullpen, and maybe Farnsworth can be effective as a closer.

But they'll miss Pudge.

There are issues with Pudge, but there's also this: Pudge wants to play, he wants to win, and he's still a lot better than most of the catchers out there.

I saw Pudge Sunday morning at Comerica Park, and you could tell he wasn't happy. And you know why he wasn't? In the three-game weekend series against the first-place White Sox, he only played in two of the three games. He wanted to play all three, including the day game after the night game.

Same thing today. Pudge said he was shocked to come to the ballpark and find out that he was getting traded. Why? Because the Tigers are only 5 1/2 games out, and he figured he was going to help them close that gap and get to the playoffs. He never imagined that they'd trade him away when they still had a chance to win.

Pudge will frustrate you at times. He's not the hitter he once was, he doesn't always block balls in the dirt, and some pitchers will grumble about throwing to him. On the other hand, he went out and proved that the $40 million, four-year contract the Tigers gave him in the winter of 2003-04 was money well spent.

Now he might well help a third team get to the World Series.

"He's going to provide an energy that team needs," said one scout who knows the Yankees well. "He brings a Girardi-type influence. He doesn't just know how to won, but he's already won it all. You put him in that clubhouse, he could kick-start them."

The Yankees will be happy to have him. And the Tigers will miss him.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:18 pm
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:53 pm
 

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Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2008 2:03 pm
 

Pudge will help Yanks, Tigers will miss him

Really?  The Yankees have the 5th best bullpen ERA in the AL, the 9th in the MLB.  They recently acquired Damaso Marte, thought to be the best left-handed reliever available.  Mariano Rivera has been lights out in save situations.  Edwar Ramirez hasn't given up a hit since JUNE 30th (9 outings).  David Robertson has been solid aside from one hiccup against the Orioles.  Even Jose Veras and Dan Giese have been solid.  I think the bullpen will be just fine without Farnsworth - they were able to move him because of the deal to get Marte.



Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2008 12:44 pm
 

Pudge will help Yanks, Tigers will miss him

Pudge is not great but he certainly fills a HUGE hole. Now onto the real problem, I think Cashman has pictures of every GM in baseball doing something they don't want people to know about. Nady is not a great player and Probably could have been traded straight for all of those terrible prospects. Then to throw in Marte. Now this...... If the Yankees released Farnsworth that would have helped them this year. Yeah he is having a good year, but he cannot keep this up as you can tell by the past. He had 1 1/2 good seasons with the cubs 1 good year with Detroit and thats it. In return you get a hall of fame catcher who has a lot of postseason expierence to say the least about him these days. That is still worth more than F'in Farnsworth



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2008 12:13 pm
 

Pudge will help Yanks, Tigers will miss him

I hope they offer IROD a 2 year 10 million deal in the off season.  I could live with a Posada/IROD platoon at C/DH or even C/1B/DH mixing in Sexson & the OF's.

 



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