NEW YORK — Ivan Rodriguez was the steady hand for the Marlins when they won the 2003 World Series. A year later, the catcher helped turn around the Detroit franchise when few wanted to be a Tiger.
The Yankees hope he can be a little of both during their push for the playoffs.
New York acquired the 14-time All-Star from the Tigers on Wednesday in exchange for hard-throwing RH reliever Kyle Farnsworth, a trade both contenders hope fill glaring needs.
"Honestly, I was shocked by this, but that's baseball," Rodriguez said. "Now, I'm just looking forward to playing for the Yankees and maybe I will play against Detroit again in the playoffs."
Rodriguez, in his option year, will step into the hole in the Yankees' lineup created by Jorge Posada's right shoulder injury. Posada had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday and is out for the season.
Rodriguez, 36, who has won 13 Gold Glove awards, is hitting .295 with a .417 slugging percentage and a .338 on-base percentage in 82 games this season.
Farnsworth, an inconsistent part of New York's bullpen for three seasons, has a 3.65 ERA with 43 strikeouts, 17 walks and 43 hits allowed, including 11 homers, in 441/3 innings.
Later, the Yankees traded RH reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Astros for minor-league INF Matt Cusick.
ANGRY MANNY: Red Sox LF Manny Ramirez, the subject of considerable trade speculation, had some choice words for his team of eight years. "The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me," he told ESPNdeportes.com. "During my years here, I've seen how they have mistreated other great players when they didn't want them to try to turn the fans against them."
THANKS FROM CC: LHP CC Sabathia, traded from the Indians to the Brewers for four prospects July 7, took out a large ad in the sports section of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a $12,870 thank you to the community, the team and its fans. "You've touched our lives with your kindness, love and generosity. We are forever grateful! It's been a privilege and an honor!" read the ad, signed by CC, his wife, Amber, and the Sabathia family.
BLUE JAYS: 3B Scott Rolen plans to skip some games and cut back on batting practice during an "extensive" rehab program for his surgically repaired left shoulder.
FARMHAND SUSPENDED: Angels minor-league RHP Thomas Mendoza was suspended 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine.
A'S: DH Frank Thomas could be activated from the DL Friday. He faced RHP Keith Foulke in a simulated game, the final step in his recovery from a strained right quadriceps muscle.
CUBS: RH closer Kerry Wood had another setback when the blister on his right index finger prevented him from throwing a simulated game.
TWINS: 2B Alexi Casilla's appointment with a hand specialist was postponed by one day. He and the team must decide whether he'll have surgery on a torn tendon in his right thumb that could end his season.