2008_07_pudge.jpgWith one All-Star catcher facing season-ending shoulder surgery, the Yankees acquired another All-Star today when they made a huge upgrade at catcher by trading for Ivan Rodriguez from the Detroit Tigers. In return for the 36 year-old catcher, the Yankees sent relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth to the Tigers. Long-time Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, who is in the first year of a 4 year, $52 million contract with the Yankees, underwent season-ending shoulder surgery today and will miss the rest of the season. Rodriguez, who is batting .295 this season with 5 HR and 32 RBI is a 14-time All-Star, 13-time Gold Glove winner, and former MVP (AL, 1999).