Yanks Land Pudge

July 31, 2008

In a surprise move as the trade deadline approached Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees acquired Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez from the Detroit Tigers for right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth.  Rodriguez fills an offensive void in the Yankees lineup that was created when Jorge Posada went down with a shoulder injury earlier in the season and will now have surgery making him unavailable this season.  Rodriguez is batting .295 with 5 homers and 32 RBIs, but aside from that he is excellent behind the plate defensively and will be a nice addition for the Yankees stretch run.  He will join the team today and should be in the lineup when they start a 4 game series against the AL Best Angeles at the Stadium.

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