It’s no great secret that I had little faith in Kyle Farnsworth. As well as he has pitched in recent weeks, you always knew Krazy Kyle was just waiting to emerge.
Joe Girardi knew it, too. He practically sprinted to the mound at Fenway Park on Friday night when Farnsworth put two runners on base in the eighth inning to bring in Mariano Rivera.
The Yankees sold high today, which is what you always should do.
Farnsworth was literally in tears when he heard about the move. Holding tight to his son Stone, he addressed reporters and said he didn’t want to leave.
“I just have to go with it,” he said, his voice breaking. “I definitely wanted to stay here. But baseball is a business. This happens. You have to deal with it.”
Give the big guy credit, he cared. He also listened to Dave Eiland and made himself better. Wouldn’t it be something if they tried to sign him back as a free agent?
Pudge Rodriguez is an obvious upgrade on Jose Molina. And while Brian Cashman said this trade has nothing to do with 2009, the fact remains that Jorge Posada just had major shoulder surgery.
But Rodriguez is not going to be offered arbitration. He will make $13 million this season and the Yankees aren’t about to give him an automatic raise. Rodriguez’s $13 million, by the way, was why Posada wanted $13.1 million a year from the Yankees. Just to prove a point.
The Yankees will DFA Chad Moeller today, hope he clears waivers then bring him back on Sept. 1. As for the open spot in the bullpen, it likely goes to Brian Bruney.
The 8th inning candidates now: Bruney (once he gets settled in), Damaso Marte, Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras. Girardi can play matchups and see who takes the gig.
Name to remember: Mark Melancon. Heard today that he has room on his innings limit. Cashman also spoke about players trying to force their way into the mix. That could well be Melancon.
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