Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Pudge for... Farnsworth?!
Someone please talk me off the ledge.
The Detroit Tigers just traded Hall of Fame catcher Pudge Rodriguez to the NY Yankees for relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth.
Before I get mad, let's quickly break this down:
1) The bullpen is tired for it's extra work early in the season.
2) The bullpen has been erratic (see: Jones, Todd; Rodney, Fernando) and injured (see: Zumaya, Joel; Rodney, Fernando).
3) Farnsworth has a 3.65 ERA and 11 holds this season in 44 1/3 innings. Probably one of the best seasons in his career.
4) Pudge will be a free agent after this season. He's making $13 million this year and it's likely Detroit won't pay him that amount. He is, afterall, going on 37. For a catcher, that's old.
5) Super utility player Brandon Inge has split time with Pudge at catcher this season. Inge last caught a full season in 2003 before the Tigers signed Pudge.
Against Tigers (Now I get mad):
1) You just traded a Hall of Fame catcher who's on fire right now and hitting a few points below .300.
2) Inge, while an accomplished defender and outstanding athlete, doesn't have the consistent bat as Pudge. Inge Ks WAY too much and hits terrible for average.
3) Inge should be at third base full-time anyway, with Carlos Guillen at first base and Miguel Cabrera at DH.
4) You just got Kyle Freakin' Farnsworth. I don't care how hard the guy throws or how much bullpen help you need, Farnsworth is not the answer. He's erratic and a model for inconsistency throughout his career.
5) You just got Kyle Freakin' Farnsworth STRAIGHT UP for a Hall of Fame catcher.
The Tigers are 5.5 games out of first place in the AL Central. This season is far from over. Yet it seems like Detroit has sort of given up when you look at this trade.
I gotta' go. I'm steaming right now.