The Tigers trade Pudge to the Yankees for a reliever.
Ivan Rodriguez will go down in history as the player who helped turn the Tigers into a winning franchise again. On Wednesday, the Tigers decided that their best shot at winning this year was to trade him.
In a move that ended an era in Detroit, the Tigers sent the future Hall of Fame catcher to the Yankees for reliever Kyle Farnsworth. It was a deal with fittingly mixed emotions for a club that has been creeping towards the deadline as a potential buyer or seller. And though the Tigers bought the relief help they wanted, they had a keen appreciation for what they gave up.
“As I told him, I will be in Cooperstown the day he’s inducted,” president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “But it’s also a situation for us where with Brandon Inge, we think he’s ready to be our everyday catcher. Our plans were to make him our everyday catcher going into the future. He’s ready for it. So it’s a position where for us, we have somebody we think can step up and do that, and we also helped our bullpen, which we think is an area we needed to address.”
Thanks, Pudge, for your dedication and hustle — not to mention great catching — and good luck to Brandon Inge as the next Bill Freehan.
Meanwhile, the Tigers beat Cleveland 14-12 in extra innings.