The last time Pudge Rodriguez was a productive batter was the year before baseball instituted a PED policy with teeth. Oh, yeah, it’s probably just a coincidence.
That said, because of Ivan’s defensive reputation, I-Rod should land a job somewhere in 2009 collecting about 400 Plate Appearances and fashioning an OPS in the low 700’s. It just won’t be in New York.
In the end, Pudge’s Yankees career will be looked at the same as those of Gaylord Perry, Stan Coveleski and Burleigh Grimes – meaning he was just passing through Yankeeland at the end of a long and note-worthy career.