Yankees acquire Kerry Wood

Olney: Yanks still open for business
Chan Ho Park designated for assignment
(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Yankees have acquired Kerry Wood for a player to be named later or cash according to Buster Olney, Joel Sherman, and Jon Heyman. Heyman says the Indians will pay more than $2M of the $3.8M owed to Wood through the end of the season. The Yanks are on the hook for just $1.5M, cup holder change for the Steinbrenners, but Sherman says the compensation is also conditional on Wood’s health. Basically the Yanks could end up playing as much as half of the money still owed to the righty if he stays healthy.

Joe presented the case for acquiring the former Cubs’ phenom a few weeks ago. Wood just came off the disabled list today, missing some time with a blister. His ERA is an ugly 6.30, but that is a product of a five run, one out appearance back in May. He’s been much better since that disaster (.220/.313/.339 against). Wood still has nasty stuff and is definitely tough as nails, and with the Indians eating a chunk of the money, this is a low risk, super high upside move.

The beautiful thing about bullpens are that they’re seven men deep. Wood doesn’t replace Joba Chamberlain or David Robertson, he replaces whoever gets cut, basically the 24th or 25th man on the roster. The move gives the Yanks another late inning option, whether that’s the 7th or 8th inning doesn’t matter. It’s just extra inventory, which is never a bad thing. Hopefully this move means the end of Chan Ho Park, but that guy’s got more lives than a cat.

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Olney: Yanks still open for business
Chan Ho Park designated for assignment
  • Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN

    EXCELLENT
    Our bullpen just got a whole lottttttttttt stronger.

    LOOGY wise we didn’t need downs, i have faith in BOONE, and eventually Marte

    • ralph esposito

      so glad to get rid of chan ” out of the’ park
      and happy to take a shot with wood
      we still need to get rid of pena…he cant hit a lick….i believe something will still get done in august..

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan
  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Dick. went. soft.

    Wood? Lame.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It’s not lame if the price is “virtually nothing”.

      Wood for just money or a non-prospect >>>>>>> any one of the Chad Ho Moseley hydra

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Sure, Chad Wood Moseley sounds better. Maybe my expectations are a little high?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          It’s all about marginal upgrades.

          Every move must be judged by:
          1.) How does this new Player X make us better over the incumbent Player Y he’s replacing?
          2.) How much are we giving up for that upgrade?

          If what you’re giving up (including opportunity costs down the road) is worth less than the predictable improvement of your team, it’s a smart move.

      • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

        Can we just call them Ted Moseby?

        • Pete

          my heart is warmed to know that there are other males who watch HIMYM (season 5’s suckitude notwithstanding)

          • Total Dominication

            I watch it as well.

      • ralph esposito

        so glad to get rid of chan”out of the” park!

  • Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN

    Buster_ESPN
    Heard this: The Indians would eat a lot of the money owed to Kerry Wood if the Yankees and Cleveland finish this deal.#trades 1 minute ago via web

    • Cecala

      Does he always say Heard this? I don’t follow him on twitter

      • http://twitter.com/dpatickg Dirty Pena

        If it’s a rumor then yes, he always says “heard this.”

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

    ::waiting to hear the price::

  • Johan Iz My Brohan
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I laughed. A lot, actually.

      • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

        this very much.

  • zs190

    He was awesome 2 years ago. He was solid last year. He’s pretty bad this year. Just came off DL today, this better be for a fringe prospect with Indians eating 80% of the money or something.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      this better be for a fringe prospect with Indians eating 80% of the money or something.

      All logical signs point to it being exactly that.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Awesome. Simply awesome.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Cashman’s sprinkling baby powder on his pimp hand, holmes.

  • Will (the other one)

    Gotta love Cleveland in salary-dump mode. Useful pieces in exchange for (possible) non-prospects and very little financial commitment? Yes, please.

    • Do no feed the trolls!

      When isn’t Cleveland in salary dump mode

  • Ross in Jersey

    Cashman earning that paycheck boy. His best trade deadline since he brought in Bobby and Lidle.

  • Esteban

    6.30 5.21 5.04 -0.2
    ERA FIP XFIP WAR

    How does this help?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It helps because it’s an upgrade on Gaudin/Park/Moseley.

      • Esteban

        I suppose, though Moseley and Gaudin are more long reliever/spot starter/ mop-ups types anyway that are seldom used in important spots. I guess this is good if we never have to see Chan Ho Park again.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Yeah, but we had too many long relievers as it is. Culling the herd a bit is a good move as we get closer to the playoffs.

          We always have Ivan Nova to use in emergencies as well.

          • Esteban

            Is Park the one likely to lose his job or Gaudin/ Moseley? I’d be happy with Gaudin or Park being banished, and I figure Moseley survives.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Probably Park, because A.) Moseley’s actually pitching decently at the moment and B.) Gaudin still has semi-decent numbers against righties and is being paid on someone else’s dime

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      20 innings.

      Power arm in the bullpen. I’ll take it.

      • Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN

        this

        Power pitching wins the playoffs.

        • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

          You better hope to god Kerry Wood never pitches an important inning in the playoffs.

    • Will (the other one)

      4.25/4.15/4.11/0.4

      THIS helps – as you’ve probably guessed, it’s Wood from the previous year (his stats the year before were out-of-control, but I don’t think anyone’s gonna expect that). Cashman’s obviously taking a risk here, but it’s both calculated and extremely small based on what’s being given up. Nothing wrong with that.

    • I Voted for Kodos

      He’s thrown 20 innings on the year, and five of the runs he gave up came in one year. As long as they don’t give up too much, it’s a good gamble because of the chance he reverts to his past form.

    • Pete

      those numbers don’t mean much. He’s only thrown three fourths of a pitch this year.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

    NINJA STRIKES!!

  • Sean

    Kind of a novice question, but I never knew. Is “a player to be named later” someone who we have not figured out yet who it is going to be or is it someone we are just not naming right now but we know who it is?

    • sangreal

      It can be both. Some players aren’t eligible to be traded (recent draft picks I think), so they have to be named later. In other cases the team is given a list of players to choose from but they haven’t decided, or the two teams just agree on a generic type of prospect but haven’t decided who it will be. Often it seems the PTBNL ends up being cash.

      • Sean

        Thank you. That makes sense. I never thought of the recent draft picks.

  • mikebk

    have to assume that wood would clear aug waivers, so why not let him show he is healthy?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Because all the other AL teams could then block us from getting him.

      • mikebk

        and risk being stuck w 4 mil in salary?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Yes.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Including one in Boston.

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    “#Indians aggressive sellers: Kearns (NYY), Westbrook (STL), Kearns (NYY).” -Rosenthal.

    Hmmm…..

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Hah.

      • Pat D

        Seems to be the theme is just dump the salary whenever and wherever you can.

    • Cecala

      You have to be aggressive to Sell Kearns, get him back, then sell him again.

    • GG2010

      Kearns will be so awesome in pinstripes, he had to mention him twice.

  • forensicnucchem

    Yuck, but oh well. Bye-bye Park.

  • Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN

    Who gets cut for Kerry wood?

    • Will (the other one)

      Chop the CHoP!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Harold Reynolds is bashing the move. That makes me like it even more.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      LOL

  • Poopy Pants

    MLB network automatically putting Wood (fresh off the DL) to the 8th (based on zero info)! Then pissing and moaning about him going to the 8th!
    Amazing journalism!

    • FIPster Doofus

      Yep. John Hart was right in that this is a depth move. Reynolds was talking out of his ass.

  • bonestock94

    Love this, nothing to lose.

  • Clemson Rob

    Maybe the Yankees have a hot tub time machine and can go back in time to when Lance and Kerry Wood were much much better.

    • Ross in Jersey

      they’re buying low. Not giving up anything but money and some fringe prospects. Who can argue with that? These guys are all upgrades over what we have now.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Lance is still pretty good. Wood, we’ll see. He’s worth taking a flyer on.

  • Ross in Jersey

    ESPN sure didn’t miss out on anything when they fired Howard Reynolds. First he thinks that Berkman will bat cleanup, now he thinks Wood would be the 8th inning guy for the Yankees. How does this man have a job?

    • Pat D

      To be fair, the other guy said he’s hitting cleanup.

      To be not fair, he said he’d hit Berkman 5th, with Cano 7th. He also then had Swisher 8th and Grandy 2nd. Even with Grandy’s surging of late, that should definitely be reversed.

    • Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN

      affirmative action

  • frank

    Wood gives up a lot of fly balls/erratic. Not sure I’d trust him any more than Joba in the 8th.

    • Steve O.

      Joba Chamberlain is good. If you say you’re not sure you’d trust him over a good player, that’s not a bold statement. Saying the same for CHoP or Gaudin is bold.

      Kerry Wood doesn’t have to set the world on fire. He throws gas, and that can lead to a lot of success with his track record.

  • JoeC

    I figured Wood was discussed when they were talking Kearns. Whats the price….should be intresting….Melancon went from top 15 prospect to non prospect in 3 months, so who knows

  • mikebk

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

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees
  • mikebk

    what a catch by Shelley

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    With Berkman+Kearns+Wood joining the 40 man and Melancon+one of Gaudin/Park/Moseley leaving it, we still need to clear one more spot.

    Thus, I wouldn’t object to a decent fringy guy on the 40-man being the bounty for Kearns/Wood, since someone’s got to get DFAd anyway.

    Greg Golson? Chad Huffman? Reegie Corona? Romulo Sanchez? Wilkin De La Rosa? Any of them would be okay guys to send to Cleveland. If it’s a lesser prospect not on the 40, we’re losing one of them regardless.

    • mikebk

      im going with de la rosa.

    • Will (the other one)

      Golson seems like he could be a nice fit–young, cost-controlled, fringy fourth-outfielder type guy who might be able to contribute in Cleveland.

    • frank

      Park likely gone. No way Mosely gets DFA’d.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I agree, but that’s not the point. Even when we DFA Park, we still need to clear a third spot on the 40-man. We’ve brought in three players (Berkman/Kearns/Wood) and only subtracted two (Melancon/Park).

        • mikebk

          well could they drop park and gaudin? also ace can go to the 60 day and only have to dump 2 guys.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            well could they drop park and gaudin?

            Perhaps, but as much as we all distrust Gaudin, he’s still probably more valuable as the 7th man in our bullpen than Greg Golson or Chad Huffman or Wilkin De La Rosa are ever going to be worth to us.

            • Steve O.

              Definitely. Not many opportunities to pinch run for Golsan, and not many plate appearances for Huffman. Gaudin’s value is that he can pitch mop-up innings, which can happen any game, especially now that Moseley is in the rotation. Eh, I guess there’s Mitre too, but he has the same purpose.

    • Steve O.

      I’d flip a coin on DFAing either Chad Huffman or Wilkin De La Rosa. I can also see Corona, Sanchez, and Golsan getting plucked off waivers so I’d allow them to have either one. Preferably not Sanchez.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Yeah, of those 5, Sanchez is who I want to keep the most, but Sanchez is also a real longshot to ever be a valuable big league pitcher because he just can’t stop walking guys. So if we lose him… no big whoop.

        • Steve O.

          Yeah it’s no big deal, but if he ever locates the zone, with that velocity, he’ll be effective. Not a great chance, but always nice to catch lightning in a bottle.

  • Will (the other one)

    Next up: Cashman acquires Grady Sizemore in exchange for three falafel pitas and John Flaherty. Cleveland agrees to pay the rest of Sizemore’s 2010 and 2011 salary.

    Just give it about ten minutes.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      NO, NOT FLAHERTY!!!

      …maybe Curry?

      • Will (the other one)

        Probably not–mixing falafel with Curry would create all sorts of flavor issues.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          A+ sir.

        • bonestock94

          No curry in falafel

    • Pete

      I read this and all i could think of is FUCK I WANT A FUCKING FALAFEL. Times like these make me hate not being in NY.

  • ZZ

    Have to love a GM who is not satisfied with having the best record in baseball.

    Fantastic deadline for Cashman.

    Feels like a dynasty year deadline adding a big bat and some veteran presence on the bench + bullpen.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Have to love a GM who is not satisfied with having the best record in baseball and is also smart enough to add pieces without sacrificing anything that we’re counting on as a key piece of our future.

      /embellish’d

      • ZZ

        Thanks for picking me up there in a key spot.

        Hope to see Kerry Wood doing some of that down the stretch ;)

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          You sets ‘em up, I knocks ‘em down.

          • wooderson

            i also likes the monies

  • mikebk

    hilarious they think wood might close when he is rumored to be in a deal.

  • j

    God, Joba, DRob, Wood, Marte, Boone, Mitre

    That’s our bullpen?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      And probably Hughes for the postseason. Maybe Aceves/Alby/Nova instead of Boone/Mitre.

      • j

        So if everything works out well, our staff for the playoffs would be

        CC
        AJ
        Andy
        Javy
        Mo
        Joba
        Hughes
        Wood
        Marte
        two of Ace/Alby/Nova/Boone/Mitre

        That’s a really nasty, nasty bullpen. Imagine if Ace was healthy this year. We could seriously have 5 inning games…

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          You’re forgetting the secret Lester trade Cashmoney is working on right now…

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            /Heyman’d

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          You left out Robertson.

          Playoff bullpen:
          9th inning: Mo
          8th inning: Hughes
          Situational righties: Joba, Wood, Robertson
          Situational lefties: Marte

          Last man in the pen (based on presence/absence of lefty matchups): either Logan or one of Mitre/Albaladejo/Ace/Gaudin/Nova

          Options: we’ve got ‘em.

          • Steve O.

            It’s actually going to be two of Logan/Mitre/Albaladejo/Ace/Gaudin/Nova if the Yanks have a 12 man pitching staff, which I assume they will. I’m guessing Logan and Ace if he’s healthy. Girardi loves that second lefty.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I doubt we carry 12 pitchers during any of the playoff series. It’s tough to find enough work for 8 relievers, and you want the extra position player for pinch-hitting/LIDR situations.

              • Steve O.

                Yeah, I wasn’t too sure about that. Another arm does seem superfluous, now that I think about it. Do you think Girardi would rather have a second lefty in Logan, rather than Ace(If healthy)?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  I bet the decision tree is:

                  1.) Does the other team have multiple good lefty hitters that could be neutralized by a second LOOGY? If so, Logan is the 7th bullpen pitcher.
                  2.) If not, is Ace healthy? If so, he’s the 7th bullpen pitcher.
                  3.) If Ace isn’t healthy, pick whomever is currently pitching the best out of Albaladejo/Gaudin/Mitre/Nova and make him the 7th bullpen pitcher.

                  • Steve O.

                    This seems right. Excellent line of thought, TSJC.

    • Poopy Pants

      Maybe someday Aceves, too.

  • Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN

    2:37pm: The deal is done pending commissioner’s approval on the dollars the Indians are kicking in, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    I’m pretty meh on Wood but if it’s for basically nothing, that’s great.

  • mikebk

    guess the jays dont plan on moving downs since they put him out there in the 9th 15 min before the deadline.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I hope he accepts arbitration.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Red Sox DFA’d Hermedia. Prelude to a move? He stunk since coming off injury, so maybe it was just that.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      ZOMG THEY’RE TRADING FOR ADRIAN GONZALEZ

      • Evan3457

        Or Prince Fielder.
        Or Justin Upton.
        Or something.

        /2004paranoia

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

    PTBNL or $$

    Ninja Cashman WIN.

  • Tophitter

    Red Sox Designate Jeremy Hermida For Assignment

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....nment.html

    I wonder what Peter Gammons thinks of this move. I believe he was just praising the trade from the Marlins as major less than a season he is DFA

  • Carlosologist

    This has been such a great deadline. We got a DH who walks like Nick Johnson, a 4th OF much better than what we’ve had for half the season, and we got a former strikeout artist to solidify the pen.

  • mikebk

    wood not coming in for the save, so deal likely done as sherman has claimed.

  • mikebk

    2:45pm: The Indians will receive a player to be named later or cash for Wood, tweets ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

  • JoeC

    So is Ramiro Pena still the back up third baseman?

    • sleepykarl

      I’m starting to think it is time to swap him an Nunez. Everyone knows what Pena is, I’m intrigued to see what Nunez will be.

  • phughesisgod

    Big fan of this deadline. I just wish we could have also gotten a utility infielder:(.

    • Poopy Pants

      Heyman said at 3:53 the Yanks still aren’t finished.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        All your base are belong to us.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Cashman, in addition to these 3 deals, has invented a machine with the ability to stop time.

        • skeleton coat

          Not only that, but if the Yankees got Dan Haren, they’d lead the Major Leagues in getting rid of nasty-lookin’ facial hair.

  • j

    Sabean makes a good move and trades for Javier Lopez… could’ve replaced Boone as our 2nd lefty after Marte

  • Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN

    Yanks pay 1.5m of the salary

    Done deal

  • Zack

    May 19th: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 5ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

    Since May 21: 16.2 IP, 14H, 6BB, 15 SO, .222/.310/.381, .244 BABIP

    • j

      Great stat. WHIP is a little high, but for a 7th inning type guy along with Joba and DRob, those are solid numbers.

      • Zack

        SSS obviously, but you take that 1 blow up out and his numbers look better.

    • bonestock94

      Unsustainable low BABIP, could get ugly

  • mikebk

    we are paying 1.5 mil of wood’s deal left.

  • http://twitter.com/dpatickg Dirty Pena

    Is there any examples of “players to be named later” who turned out to be good?

    • Ross in Jersey

      I don’t see how… by definition it’s a throw-in player. Why would you ever use anyone with even a little upside as a PTBNL?

      • Zack

        No. It’s also used for recent draft picks who can’t be moved, so PTBNL gives the team 6 months so they pass the no-trade period.

      • http://twitter.com/dpatickg Dirty Pena

        Not necessarily a throw-in. Guys who were signed less than a year ago can’t be “named.”

    • phughesisgod

      I believe they mentioned on MLBN that Ryne Sandberg was a PTBNL at one point. He turned out to be pretty darn good, wouldnt you say?

      • Pat D

        I don’t think he was a PTBNL. As Rob Neyer’s Blunders book mentioned, he was the “least important part of the deal,” since the trade was really Bowa for DeJesus.

    • Zack

      “Jeremy Bonderman, Scott Podsednik, Coco Crisp, Moisés Alou, Jason Schmidt, and David Ortiz.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P.....amed_later

  • Pat D

    LoHud reporting Curtis and Miranda optioned.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    I wonder who gets cut from the 40 man. WDLR seems like a no-brainer but we need one more right?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’d personally cut Golson or Huffman before De La Rosa. All three of them are longshots to ever not be shitty, but lefty pitchers always get more chances to figure it out (with good reason), and De La Rosa hasn’t been pitching for long.

      His odds of not being a bust are slightly, slightly higher than Golson and Huffman, who both simply can’t hit well enough to ever be more than a 5th OF.

      • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

        Huffman would make sense. I think a guy like Golson holds more value just to steal bases and play the field in blowouts.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Agreed. You can’t steal first, though.

          • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

            Pssh, maybe YOU can’t. Rickey can.

            Love,
            Rickey.

      • Steve O.

        This. I’d keep Golson because of his one standout tool, while Huffman has none.

  • j

    Who’s watching MLB Network right now?

    • Pat D

      Me.

  • CNight_UP

    deal is official…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Excellent. Another hard thrower in the pen can only help. I love how Cashman restocks the back of the roster at the trading deadline.

  • Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN

    Dotel for the Dodgers for James Macdonald and an PTBNL

    • j

      Dotel with Torre = disaster.

    • Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN

      its Lamb, not PTBNL

      • Zack

        Fangraphs chat says there’s no Lamb in the Dodgers’ system, which means it’s Lambo.

  • Carlosologist

    Watch,

    • Carlosologist

      Manny to the Red Sox in 20 seconds.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I wouldn’t even be mad. That would be amazing.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Those fair weather fans would give him a standing O. Guaranteed.

  • http://www.twitter.com James d.

    Glad to see some movement to bolster the pitching side of the team, assuming this goes through. Was getting worried that it was a hitters-only buy for the Yanks.
    Only nit-pick I’ll take with Mike’s post is Wood being “tough as nails.” Is that because he keeps coming back from injury? I probably just read too much into it.
    Anyways, agree fully on the low risk/high upside of the move.

  • phughesisgod

    How many deals do you think we will hear about in the coming hour that no one even talked about today?

  • bonestock94

    I’d much rather see Gaudin go over Park.

  • Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN

    3:01pm: The Yankees will pay an additional $200K if Wood stays healthy, tweets Stark.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Pshhh… that’s walkin’ around money.

      /BigBankHank’d

      • j

        i’ve never walked around 200k.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          You: not me.

          Sincerely,
          Hank Steinbrenner

          • j

            That’s all Hal allows him to play with.

      • Slappy White

        I ask permission to use that comment…..alot

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I give because I love.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Where is Josh Johnson?!?!?!??!?!?!!! Deadline failure, Cashman u teh idiot!!!!

    • Steve O.

      WayneD’d

      • Zack

        We wouldn’t even have to give up Montero, get it done another way.

        • Steve O.

          Well done.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        No, WayneD doesn’t like JJ. Spent an entire post going on about how the Phillies hit like .288 against him as proof he wasn’t a good pitcher or something.

        • Steve O.

          I missed that number. I was going off your dislike of Cashman’s moves.

  • vin

    A playoff bullpen of Mo, Hughes (presumably), Joba, K-Rob, Marte, Wood, and whoever is pitching best between Aceves/Mitre/Moseley/Gaudin (probably in that order) is plenty good. Berkman/Thames as DH. Kearns off the bench.

    Cashman is a ninja-master.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      Mo willing we make it to the World Series, the two pinch hitters in late innings would be Berkman vs. righties, Thames vs. lefties.

      Holy Jesus Montero.

  • mikebk

    “BloggingBombers Berkman said he thinks he’ll be hitting in the No. 2 spot initially.”

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    this is a low risk, super high upside move.

    How anyone can not like this deal is mind-bottling.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      You know, when things are so crazy it gets your thoughts all trapped, like in a bottle.

      • BigBlueAL

        Genie in a bottle?

  • bonestock94

    Gotta love this deadline, this team filled every need without giving up anyone we’ll miss.

  • j

    Berkman is doing an interview in a Yankees uniform. Looks great.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    How bad is that Dotel trade for the Dodgers?

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      whoops, sorry boys. Thought I was in the Deadline thread.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Bad.

      Andrew Lambo and James McDonald? Ridonkulous.

      I was in favor of trading for Dotel with cash and a non-prospect, since he’s a Type B, but the Dodgers just gave up TWO LEGITIMATE USEFUL PROSPECTS for Dotel.

      That’s idiotic.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        /Casey Blake’d

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Pt. Deux.

      • vin

        Did you expect anything less from Colletti?

      • mikebk

        you know you are in bad shape when the pirates are giving you 500K in a trade.

  • B-Rando

    Say adios to the goatee Kerry. Welcome to a pennant race.

  • Pete

    Yankees give up: Mark Melancon, Jimmy Paredes, PTBNL, and something like $6 million

    Yankees get: Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns, Kerry Wood

    • j

      But we also got nearly 6 mil from the Wood and Berkman trades.

      • Pete

        i was accounting for that, just figuring the total overall cost of Berkman, Kearns, and Wood would be about $6 mil for the rest of the year for the yanks

      • mikebk

        right which means we pay 6 of the approx 12 the guys were owed.

        • j

          but 6-6 = 0

          /jk

  • mikebk

    ankiel and farnsy to atl.

    ramon ramirez out of boston to sf.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      Finally Farnsworth back to the NL where he can fight opposing pitchers! It’s been too long…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Red Sox SELLERS?!??!?!??!??!

      ’bout time.

      • Adam

        Or addition by subtraction…

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    Sherman:

    If Wood stays healthy the rest of the year, #Indians would have a choice to take $500,000 or 2 middling prospects

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      2 middling prospects: Jorge Vazquez and Pat Venditte?

      Works for me.

      • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

        I was thinking Kei Igawa and his translator.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Same diff.

  • mikebk

    “Joelsherman1 If Wood stays healthy the rest of the year, #Indians would have a choice to take $500,000 or 2 middling prospects #Yankees There also is a sliding scale if Wood misses time to injury then #Indians would get less $ or could do combo of dollars/prospects”

    • j

      wow… i’m so happy cashman is our gm. smart moves like this truly show his mettle.

    • vin

      Cashman rules.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Lance Berkman is freaking awesome. Apparently Andy Pettitte > the entire White Sox organization.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      Haha. It’s like he’s living inside your head!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Not playing for Ozzie Guillen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> playing for Ozzie Guillen

  • j

    john Hart just said the yankees have a deep and thick lineup.

    smh

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      john Hart just said the yankees have a deep and thick lineup.

      Welcome to the Club, buddy.

      The Big Penis Club.

      /Chappelle’d

  • mikebk

    Miggy w a 2 run bomb off Dice-K. why even pitch to this guy, take the maddon approach.

  • j

    MLB Networks is having an orgasm over the Yankees’ moves, speaking of the deep and thick Yankees.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      speaking of the deep and thick Yankees.

      I endorse this nascent meme.

      The 2010 Deep and Thick New York Yankees.

  • mikebk

    NYY lineup vs TB 7/31: Jeter 6, Berkman DH, Teixeira 3, Rodriguez 5, Cano 4, Swisher 9, Granderson 8, Cervelli 2, Gardner 7, Vazquez 1

    i would swap berk and swish, but fine w that.

    • j

      I like Swish better in the bottom using his better average and equal power to drive runs in behind the top 5 players. Berkman is playing Johnson’s role from the beginning of the season…

  • stuart

    posada is a part time player now. 80 games. they need to add a catcher for next year. montero or romine are going to need to take the next step….

    • j

      Maybe catching wise, but he’ll still get 450 ABs.

      Who knows he could be the next Carlton Fisk too.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Montero, Swisher, and Cervelli can all share time together at C/DH.

      Berkman won’t be back, and neither will Nick Johnson.

      • j

        Montero would replace Berkman/Johnson next year. I approve.

        Swisher can play more 1st, Montero getting reps at C/1st maybe even some RF??

  • Carlosologist

    Tonight’s lineup:

    SS Jeter
    DH Berkman
    1B Teixeira
    3B Rodriguez
    2B Cano
    RF Swisher
    CF Granderson
    C Cervelli
    LF Gardner

    • j

      deep and thick

      last time, i swear.

    • forensicnucchem

      Still not a huge fan of Berkman at #2, but I’m probably thinking back to his past power potential and not necessarily what he’s done this year. I wonder what it’ll be when Posada is playing. As long as Swisher or Berkman stays 6 ahead of him, I’ll be happy.

    • Simon

      That lineup is just mind boggling! The best part is that Berkam is versitile in being able to bat 2nd, 6th, pretty much anywhere in the upper 3/4 of the lineup, AND can play a little 1B and maybe some outfield.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    I am satisfied.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      So is Sensitive RAB Guy’s wife.

      http://nomaas.org/2010/07/fat-.....ment-16000

      • BigBlueAL

        Do you feel honored or disturbed by this? lol

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Both.

          BABY, PLEASE, I AM NOT FROM HAVANA!!!!!!

          • Evan3457

            Easy Money?

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    park was DFA’d

    thank god

    however ace is on the 60 day DL. Anyone know when he’d hbe eligible to come off the DL?

    ha i spent 15 dollars today for 12 hours of internet, sitting in an internet cafe, and reading all of the rumor sites.

    man i love baseball

    • j

      … cell phone + internet = 30$ a month.

      • Jon in CUO

        If I remember correctly, Dela G mentioned earlier that he’s currently out of the country. International data plans really aren’t feasible IMO, finding a local internet cafe is the best option.

        • j

          Dela’s a guy?

          I’ve been coming to this site for 3 years and saw this name over and over but always thought it was a girl.

          I must be confusing Dela for Becca.

          • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

            haha yep i’m a guy. man, i need to change my name or something.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              “Dela G The Masculine He-Man”.

              You’re welcome.

              • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

                i’m thinking about it…

            • BigBlueAL

              LMAO

            • j

              my bad. lets root for our deep and thick bombers!

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            This is hilarious considering Dela thought I was a guy even after I babbled on endlessly about Andy (heteronormativity disclaimer).

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        ha dude i am in ghana, so there are no land internet lines around here. its either 2G wireless card, or internet cafe with 3MB/s download speeds :(

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Commitment: Dela’s got it.

          • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

            i also carry the city like mariah

            [/drake’d

    • forensicnucchem

      His last game was May 8th, so unless there’s something wierd I don’t know about, he should already be eligible.

  • forensicnucchem

    Park DFA, finally!!!!!

    Though, they’ll now have to make another 40 man move to get Kerry Wood on the roster.

    • forensicnucchem

      Nevermind, forgot about the Aceves move. I fail…

  • Simon

    I just say Ed Wade on a press conference (never saw him before), did something die on the top of his head?

  • BigBlueAL

    Chan Ho DFA’d.

    • Simon

      Best move of the year for us!

  • Slappy White

    Deep and Thick > Gritty and gutty

    • j

      +1

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Sox got Salalamacchia. Nice.

    • Slappy White

      how many catchers now on sox roster…..fuckin piling on /kay’d

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        It’s Mets-esque.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Theo Epstein’s dream of Saltalamachacha (intentional) is finally a reality… two years later. When he can’t throw back to the pitcher anymore.

  • Kenny

    Great, Kerry Wood. Now Nick Johnson has someone to car pool with to the MRI at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.