Thoughts on the Pudge deal
Make no mistake about it, the Yankees borrowed from an area of strength to fill an area of need on Wednesday, and wound up with a good player to fill that void. How much more confident do you feel heading for the last stretch of the season with a catching tandem of Ivan Rodriguez and Jose Molina than you did with Molina and Chad Moeller?
Moeller is a terrific guy, but you’re talking about a future Hall of Famer here on a two-month rental, and then you see what happens after that with Jorge Posada’s return. This move, even more than the Pirates trade, is an indication the Yankees will go for it in ’08 — something I wasn’t completely sure they’d do when they packed their stuff for the All-Star Break.
It’s a perfect example of how they’d like to do business in that (to steal a phrase) no prospects were harmed in the making of this deal — the cost was Kyle Farnsworth, whom most fans wanted out anyway — and cold, hard cash direct deposited into Pudge’s bank account the rest of the season.
Let’s not throw a parade just yet, though. As maligned as Farnsworth has been in his 2 1/2 years here, his success out of the eighth inning recently is the reason that we are still not discussing “Joba: Starter or Reliever? — Part XXIV.”
There is an inherent risk with mixing up the late innings leading to Mariano Rivera, and the Yankees need to cross their fingers and hope that Damaso Marte, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez, Brian Bruney and Dave Robertson are up to the task. If not, they’ll need to find an addition somewhere. Such is the roll of the dice with “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” as Cashman said repeatedly on Wednesday.
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