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.

Related MLB.com reading:
Yankees fill catching needs, acquire Pudge
Yankees pleased to add Pudge to roster
Yankees bid fond farewell to Farnsworth
Yankees to face test from baseball’s best
Yankees deal Hawkins to Astros for prospect

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Honestly this move was really NOT NEEDED! Jose is doing an Outstanding job handling the pitching staff! Of course Molina’s a slouch at the plate but Pudge isn’t exactly winning a batting title either. Rather than bringing in another catcher, the yanks should have persisted upon attaining Washburn or at least another power arm in the bullpen. I mean Jose Molina must feel like crap because his catching duties will decrease immensly and he doesn’t deserve that after stepping up and making a struggling yankee staff look managable. I love Pudge just as much as the next person but I must say his services were not absolutely needed. I just hope he turns into a hit machine otherwise an improving Farnsworth and Molina will have gotten lost in the mix for nothing.

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Did Anaheim rob Atlanta blind to get Tex or what?

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I don’t care. Unless both the yanks and dodgers are in the WS, we won’t be hearing Tim McCarver say “well, thats just Manny-being Manny!” again during a yankee game.

HA HA HA! its all set up for the bombers. Just PLAY well and we can get this thing wrapped up!

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I, for one, am thrilled to no end about this!

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We still want Fuentes.
40 man roster at 38 plus Britton, minus Moehler and Gonzalez. Maybe Hughes and Bruney will be activated.
Borris reps Pudge

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I felt the same way as you Bryan on how it looked prior to the All-Star break. The Yankees have to roll all the dice they can to win this year. This is the last year in the house that “Ruth Built” you want to shut the doors with a banner. Next year in the new joint they can start rebuilding. This year win at all cost.

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I felt the same way as you Bryan on how it looked prior to the All-Star break. The Yankees have to roll all the dice they can to win this year. This is the last year in the house that “Ruth Built” you want to shut the doors with a banner. Next year in the new joint they can start rebuilding. This year win at all cost.

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