Yankees acquire Pudge Rodriguez
Pudge Rodriguez: “They just told me what the team’s thinking. I’m not going to say it, but that’s personal between me and [Tigers GM] Dave Dombrowski. But it’s time for me to take the trade and go somewhere else. I hope I can stay there. Right now, I’m going to be there for two months. I hope I can stay there. We’ll see what happens, but at the same time. I’m just going to concentrate every single day there and try to make the Yankees make the playoffs again.”
“It’s going to be exciting to play with the Yankees. A lot of players would like to play there and play with guys like A-Rod, Jeter and Giambi, catching Mussina and those guys. It’s going to be nice. I’m excited for that. I’m going to be a little nervous in the beginning. Even all the years I’ve been playing this game, sometimes you get excited, too. But like I said, I’ll just be ready tomorrow night and try to do my job and try to win a ballgame.”
Tigers manager Jim Leyland: “I think this is almost scripted beautifully. Here’s a [future] Hall of Famer going to Yankee Stadium in the last year of his contract. This is the face of baseball, not just the face of Detroit. This is a face of baseball. It’s almost like a movie.”
Brian Cashman was excited to add Pudge but also said he had a tough time saying goodbye to Farnsworth, who he called a “good man” and also an important part of the Yankees’ bullpen.
Cashman: “This is robbing Peter to pay Paul,” Cashman said. “We’ve got a lot of good things going on in that bullpen. You always worry about this stuff, but you’ve got to make these tough decisions, so I made one.”
Joe Girardi: “You’re talking about a Hall of Fame catcher coming in here. He’s been playing very well and he’s been hot. We’re looking forward to him being here.”