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Olney: Yankees close to getting Kerry Wood

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 31, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees might have found their bullpen upgrade.

Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees are closing in on Kerry Wood. I have to assume Wood would enter the mix for the eighth inning. Not many details on the deal other than the fact Olney says they’re “closing in” on the trade.

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77 Responses to “Olney: Yankees close to getting Kerry Wood”

  1. yankswin27 July 31st, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Yet another very good trade.

    A+ Trade Deadline for Brian Cashman!!

  2. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 31st, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Considering that we are in 1st Place, Cashman is certainly come off as desperate.

  3. California July 31st, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Kerry Wood.

    Upgrade.

    LOL.

  4. yankswin27 July 31st, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Rivera, Robertson, Wood, Chamberlain, Logan, Park, Mitre

    Gaudin DFA….. awesome!

  5. CR9 July 31st, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    not sure about this. this stinks of the gagne trade by the sox a couple years ago.

  6. California July 31st, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Has Kerry Wood’s ERA ever been below 6.00 this season ?

  7. Bret The Hitman July 31st, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    To be clear, Wood is an upgrade over both GAUDIN and Park by a longshot.

  8. Rich in NJ July 31st, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    The threads are coming so fast (which I applaud Chad for) that it’s tough to keep up with conversations.

  9. G. Love July 31st, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I’ll happily take Kerry Wood and add him to the mix in this pen. His numbers this season don’t tell the whole story. He’s an upgrade and he’ll be in a pennant race.

  10. Carlo July 31st, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    yankswin – pls for the love of gd, dfa park and not gaudin. gaudin can be dfad when if marte comes back.

    and when a guys whip is what a very good relievers era is in a given season, expectations should be tempered.

  11. pat July 31st, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    KenDavidoff Yup, Kerry Wood is about to be a #Yankee, and they swear that’ll be it.

  12. Rich in NJ July 31st, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    We need to know what they gave up for Wood before we can assess it.

  13. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 31st, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    “To be clear, Wood is an upgrade over both GAUDIN and Park by a longshot.”

    Only if he stays healthy, Bret and that is a long shot.

  14. Bret The Hitman July 31st, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Berkman + Kearns + Wood….

    More to come???

  15. Rich in NJ July 31st, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    What did they give up?

  16. CR9 July 31st, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Good point, Bret. But he has to stay healthy for that to truly be the case

  17. MTU July 31st, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Rich-

    Better not be much more than a bag of balls for a guy like Wood.

  18. blake July 31st, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    If you’re going to trade for a reliever then why not one that COULD be really good. Wood has the talent….try to catch lightning in a bottle, if you don’t then big deal..

  19. Betsy July 31st, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Disagree, Laura – the guy is taking a risk and I don’t think it’s a bad one; all Cash is doing is risking $$$. If he doesn’t work out, then he doesn’t work out.

  20. MTU July 31st, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Blake-

    I’m down with it as long as they didn’t give up much.

  21. CK in LA July 31st, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Kerry Wood …. really????? He just came off the DL today.

  22. Crawdaddy July 31st, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Here is Woods contract.

    Kerry Wood rhp
    2 years/$20.5M (2009-10), plus 2011 option

    2 years/$20.5M (2009-10), plus 2011 option

    signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/13/08
    09:$10M, 10:$10.5M, 11:$11M club option

    2011 option guaranteed with 55 GF in 2009 or 2010 (becomes a club option if it does not vest)
    award bonuses

  23. Rich in NJ July 31st, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Just because it’s rare (AND LAUDABLE) that the Yankee to keep the homegrown core together over the last 15 years, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t try to emulate that strategy.

    That’s my point. They should.

  24. indy42 July 31st, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Excellent! I was uncertain about the Kearns/Berkman deals mainly because I felt that Cashman’s #1 priority should have been bullpen and it’s good that they are finally trying to upgrade.

  25. Bret The Hitman July 31st, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    So far seeming like Cashman has been stiff armed on impact players.

    Yankee tax in full effect.

  26. pat July 31st, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    benshpigel Kerry Wood, for what it’s worth, had a 3.72 ERA in 35 career games with Joe Girardi catching him.

  27. CB July 31st, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Given the exorbitant prices for guys like Downs, Wood makes sense. It’s kind of like the Berkman vs. Dunn deal only a smaller scale.

    Would you rather have Downs if it means giving up Austine Romine or Wood if it means eating money and not giving up much talent.

    It’s a lightning in a bottle move. The kind you make when there aren’t many options out there at a reasonable price.

  28. California July 31st, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    A rough estimate shows

    Sum( Yankee bullpen ERA ) = 35

  29. blake July 31st, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    MTU,

    I’m sure they didn’t (at least I wouldn’t think so). I’d rather have Wood than Qualls if that means anything.

  30. CK in LA July 31st, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    # MTU July 31st, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Rich-

    Better not be much more than a bag of balls for a guy like Wood.

    ———————-

    Would make sense, we’ll be getting a bag of wood.

  31. Bret The Hitman July 31st, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Heyman: Yanks found relief market “dismal”

    Twins overpaid for Capps?

  32. Crash July 31st, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I like Wood he will be an upgrade over Park. He will make the bullpen stronger. But I wouldn’t make him the 8th inning guy. Hopefully Girardi and Eiland fix Joba he pitched great last night.

  33. Betsy July 31st, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    There’s no way the Indians are getting anything good for Wood ……..this is fine move, IMO. If it doesn’t work out, so be it; the Yankees are the Yankees and they should act like it – they can take chances.

  34. Apple byte July 31st, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Not so sure about this deal. He may be better than Park but what if his blisters act up again ?

  35. Chad Jennings July 31st, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Value here depends on what the Yankees give up. I think the Yankees would rather have Wood in the bullpen than Chad Gaudin or Chan Ho Park. When Pettitte comes back, a bullpen like this would be pretty solid:

    Rivera
    Chamberlain
    Wood
    Robertson
    Marte
    Aceves/Mitre
    Moseley

  36. Betsy July 31st, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Yep, because teams like the Jays were overplaying their hand (or they didn’t want to trade their relievers anyway).

  37. ZMAN July 31st, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Wood isn’t much better than Chan Ho Park

    Fly ball pitcher… 4+ ERA last year, 6+ ERA this year. His only good years were in the NL.

    Might as well just keep Park, he is probably better than him.

  38. Bill D July 31st, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    “Wood is an upgrade over both GAUDIN and Park by a longshot”

    Tallest midget.

  39. jacksquat July 31st, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Wood will probably be almost free. He had a good June then got injured after only 2.1 ip in July. Worth a shot.

  40. yankswin27 July 31st, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Yankees just gave up a bag of balls for a proven pitcher in Kerry Wood. For those of who are whining about this trade, please tell me that you’d prefer Gaudin/Park over Kerry Wood. Say that with a straight face, lol. He’s been injured this year, but I’m thinking the Yankees will be able to fix Wood and turn him back into the pitcher he once was.

  41. mick July 31st, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Wood in the 8th is a gamble.

  42. m July 31st, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Are you kidding?

    Will have an open mind, but…are you kidding?

  43. pat July 31st, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Joelsherman1 Kerry Wood deal from #Indians to #Yankees is completed, awaiting Commissioner’s approval on dollars that Indians are sending Yanks

  44. blake July 31st, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I doubt they brought Wood in to give him the set up role. He probably will compete for it with the other guys over the next couple months. I think they would still prefer Joba to step up and take it, at least until Hughes goes to the pen.

  45. MTU July 31st, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Blake-

    Wood is an upgrade over a guy like Gaudin or possibly Park.

    He throws hard but walks too many people.

    Again. If he only costs a marginal prospect and the Indians eat some salary I’m down with it.

    I wouldn’t want qualls either.

    I kmew it was a longshot but I was hoping maybe Cash could work some magic and get us a real EIG.

    This year’s reliever market sucked.

  46. G. Love July 31st, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Kerry Wood still has the stuff. He’s just the Nick Johnson of pitchers. He gets hurt a lot.

    That said, he’s an intimidating presence if he’s on his game and still K’s almost 1 guy per inning pitched.

    This is a good move for this bullpen. I’m sorry it’s no Soria since some of you can’t imagine we can’t just steal him for Ramiro Pena, but Wood is a solid move and it will pay dividends for this team.

    Just watch. I’ve always liked Wood. He left money on the table with other teams to stay with the Cubs because he felt like he owed them something for all the injuries he went through. Never once did he throw Dusty under the bus for ruining his arm.

  47. Andrew July 31st, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Improving the talent level of your team for the last 2 months of the season when you know it will be a battle with Tampa for the division, how is that desperate exactly? Health and results have not been amazing for Wood this year but as a pitcher he is an upgrade in the bullpen. Same thing for Berkman and Kearns, they are upgrades over who they are replacing, that is what a good GM does at the deadline when his team is heavily in contention and can afford to take on $ like the Yankees.

  48. GreenBeret7 July 31st, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    WOW. Duncan almost looked like Jim Edmonds diving face first towards the wall in deep left to make a catch. Well, not so much like Edmonds as it was like Shamu The Whale, but, it was good.

  49. igotid88 July 31st, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    surprised the Yanks didn’t get rid of Park.

  50. Crawdaddy July 31st, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Let’s not assume that Wood is the 8th inning guy. The Yankees are holding playoff tryouts for their bullpen over the next 60 days.

  51. CB July 31st, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Wood might be awful. It’s very hard to know. But he is a guy who at least in theory could come into a game and provide a key strike out in the post season if he gets hot.

    The yankees like power arms and they like strike outs. They’re hoping that Wood can keep it together for 3 months. Don’t think he’s going to be used too much as they’ll try to save his arm.

  52. Perlo July 31st, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Perlo July 31st, 2010 at 3:38 pm
    CB,

    The Expos over about a 5-6 year period:
    Delino Deshields
    Larry Walker
    Marquis Grissom
    Mel Rojas
    Randy Johnson
    Brian Holman
    Moises Alou (1/2 credit)
    Cliff Floyd
    Jeff Fassero
    Darrin Fletcher
    Rondell White
    Mike Lansing

    No credit for Pete Martinez and John Wettland

  53. DaSaint007 July 31st, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I can deal with Mariano, Robertson, Joba, Wood, Mitre, Logan, and Gaudin for now. Park should be DOA never mind DFA.

    When Pettitte returns, I’d move Mosely back to the pen and release Gaudin.
    When/if Marte returns…I dunno.

  54. Bret The Hitman July 31st, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Every deadline, the market for whatever the Yankees need is “dismal”.

  55. Disco July 31st, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    this sucks. Albeladajo!

  56. MystiqueAura July 31st, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    KenDavidoff

    With Wood, the #Yankees will have employed both men to strike out 20 in one game. But they won’t confirm they ever had Clemens.

    :)

  57. Jeremy July 31st, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    You can never have enough pitching. The Yankees are pretty much giving up nothing. I don’t think Wood will be used up alot.

  58. blake July 31st, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    MTU,

    its a boom or bust move that probably didn’t cost much. With the guys they already have and the fact that Hughes will probably strengthen the pen later, I’d rather them do that than grossly overpay for a true upgrade.

  59. pat July 31st, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    benshpigel Colin curtis and juan miranda packing their bags as the roster moves for kearns/berkman

  60. Melk Man July 31st, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Would have much preferred Chad Qualls, who Tampa got. His BABIP is insane, he is pitching exactly the same as he always has, just been unlucky.

    Wood has never had a season as a reliever as good as Qualls. Qualls keeps the ball in the park, doesn’t walk anyone, strikes out guys.

    The guy is basically another Joba. I think Park could put up similar numbers to him.

  61. GreenBeret7 July 31st, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    It’s always a good deal when the Yanks can make a trade and get some of their own money back.

  62. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 31st, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    No one is saying that Park and Gaudin are good. However, last time I checked, they were healthy and available to pitch [albeit usually horribly]. Wood has been injured his entire career. I’m all for taking risks, but geez – this is Cash’s second risk with a guy with a checked health history. Didn’t he learn anything from the NJ deal?

  63. Captain Clutch July 31st, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I wouldn’t mind Wood for the early innings but definitely not pitching in the 7th or 8th inning. Hopefully the Yanks aren’t thinking about using him there.

  64. MTU July 31st, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Blake-

    I wasn’t in favor of them getting fleeced either. It was a bad reliever market.

  65. rb from LI July 31st, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    # CR9 July 31st, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    not sure about this. this stinks of the gagne trade by the sox a couple years ago.

    ————

    No it doesn’t. The Sox had a strong pen that year and the addition of Gagne was supposed to make it unbeatable. The Yankees pen, by everyone’s admission, is the weakest part of this team. It’s worth the risk.

  66. Cashmoney July 31st, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    The Red Sox designated outfielder Jeremy Hermida for assignment, tweets NESN’s Heidi Watney.?
    ————————————————-
    how the ‘mighty’ has fallen, i always like him as a hitter. once upon a time , a good prospect for the marlins. any chance Yanks can pick him , not that there is great need for LH of in this lineup.

  67. yclept July 31st, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Improving the team’s depth has nothing to do with desperation. They did add Hairston & Hinske last year, afterall.

  68. Captain Clutch July 31st, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    “this sucks. Albeladajo!”
    ————-

    They will bring up Alba when Wood goes back on the DL. lol

  69. Tyler July 31st, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Wood has the potential to really be a nice acquisition. Yes there is an element of risk involved in this trade but I can’t imagine the Yanks are giving up a very good prospect in this trade. If Wood is healthy he can be a good power arm out of the pen. Him, Robertson, Joba, Hughes (probably in the postseason) would form a fairly solid bridge to the Greatest of all time.

  70. Cashmoney July 31st, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Wood >Chop> Gaudin, please much the story. I am thinking we prolly give up a fringe prospect for him. at worst, Zmac.

  71. mick July 31st, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    NEW POST========>>>>>

  72. MystiqueAura July 31st, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    SI_JonHeyman

    he was asking price for hart or bautista. interesting. RT @hankschulman J. Sanchez seen hugging Giants in dugout? Say it ain’t so

  73. CB July 31st, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Perlo-

    I know. That organization did a tremendous job. Yankee fans like to talk about the strike year as a wasted chance for a ring, but that year hurt the expos more than anyone else.

    They clearly had a core internally developed that could have (should have?) won them a world series.

    But there aren’t 5 players as a cohort on that list that come close to what the yankees internally developed in that same period of time. Not 5 together, especially when you consider the balance of players the yankees had.

    The yankees produced 3 HOF caliber up the middle players. That’s crazy. It wasn’t even as if they produced a HOF 1b, RF and LF. Catcher, SS and CF. Then you add in the closer and an anchor for the starting rotation – just phenomenal.

    Expos were very good. Braves too. Not close to what the yankees did.

  74. Cashmoney July 31st, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    The Indians will receive a player to be named later or cash for Wood, tweets ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

  75. Perlo July 31st, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    CB,

    Braves:

    Tom Glavine
    John Smoltz (kinda)
    Ron Gant
    David Justice
    Javy Lopez
    Kent Mercker
    Mike Stanton
    Mark Wohlers
    Steve Avery
    Kevin Millwood
    Jeff Blauser
    Chipper Jones
    Andruw Jones
    Ryan Klesko
    Mark Lemke
    Greg McMichael
    Kerry Ligtenberg
    Jermaine Dye

    Neither the Expos or Braves were as “concentrated” as the Yankees in a 1-2 year stretch, but certainly more depth over an 8-10 years period.

  76. Doreen July 31st, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Very busy day.

    Trying to catch lightning in a bottle with Wood?

    I hope it works out.

    Can’t be much worse than Park has been; Gaudin hasn’t been able to reproduce what he did last season.

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