Oct
27

Yankees decline options for Wood, Berkman, and Johnson

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The Yankees have declined their 2011 options for Kerry Wood ($11M), Lance Berkman ($15M), and Nick Johnson ($5.5M), the club announced today. Puma gets a $2 million buyout, Johnson $250,000. As far as I can tell, Wood gets nothing. None of these should come as surprises, and in fact one of the conditions of Berkman’s accepting the trade to New York was that the team had to decline his option. I guess he really didn’t want to stick around. The Yanks could try to bring Wood back, but that salary is far too rich for a setup man.

The Yanks did pick one option today: Andrew Brackman‘s. I have no idea what the money is on that, but it’s not substantial. Even if they would have declined it, he’s still under team control for five more years. They also hold options for 2012 and 2013 as part of the big league deal Brackman signed out of the draft in 2007.

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  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    What are we going to do without our Wang, Johnson, and Wood? The Yankees are a bunch of girls now!

    • Xstar7

      Except Mariano. He’s a god

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

      HEY! Nothing wrong with being a girl!

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        Word on the street is you had a .400 OBP in softball this year, perhaps you could DH for the Yankees!

      • Sick Nwisher

        HEY! Nothing wrong with being a girl!

        Sure there is, when you are supposed to be a pro baseball player.

  • Xstar7

    I’m really going to miss Nick Johnson

    • CBean

      Who?

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    Nice knowing you, Lance and Kerry. It was fun while it lasted. I will miss people complaining about Berkman being fat, slow and a base-clogger. “Miss”, in the hilarious sense.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    I’m gonna miss you, Wood.

    • Big Stein

      TWSS

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        literally, she just said that.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Still no chance the offer Berkman arbitration, right?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I’m not going to hold my breath.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Yeah, didn’t think so.

    • nathan

      That would only PO the Astros. Surely he will rejoin them (or) maybe Rockies in the Giambi role.

  • Will (the other one)

    Question: when the Yankees signed Brackman, what would have been the benefit to them of building options into his contract? Is this something that would have been beneficial purely if he were playing at the major league level, or does it make better/easier for the team in some other, more practical way?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      They don’t do much of anything. The Yanks would have saved a ton of money if he was in the big leagues dominating, but that’s really it. Otherwise they put a few extra bucks in the kid’s pocket. N big deal.

  • AndrewYF

    I’m still confused on Brackman’s situation: as long as he’s not on the 25-man roster, he’s not accumulating major-league service time. To reach free agency, you need 6 full years of major league service time, or a team has to release you.

    Here’s the way I see it:

    As long as the Yankees don’t release Brackman, they control him for 6 years, beginning in the season he makes the major league roster.

    I think I understand the options – those were for Brackman’s benefit and also the protection of the Yankees. Had Brackman completely crapped out, the Yankees would simply release him by declining the option, and thus wouldn’t owe him that money. But since he’s still worth something, he gets some extra dough.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Brackman picked up a full year of service time in 2007 because he was on the ML 60-day DL all season. They traded an option for a year of service time, basically.

      The options don’t do much of anything. If Brackman would have debuted like Lincecum, they would have saved the Yanks a ton of money. If not, no big deal. Kid gets a little more money in his pocket, no harm.

      • AndrewYF

        Oh, that makes sense. But couldn’t they have gotten that extra option that you get for when a minor league pitcher is out for the whole year?

        So how many (waiver) options do they have left on him? One? They used one at the beginning of ’09 and another this year. Does he need to stick after ’11?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          They still get that option. They have options for 2011, and then the fourth one kicks in for 2012.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            When will Brackman be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, or does the ML contract negate that?

            • Rick in Boston

              Because he’s on the 40-man roster, he’s not eligible for the Rule 5 draft.

  • http://hotmail the mick

    Injury is Nick’s, bless his heart, middle name.
    Need to keep the Woodster, he has the heart of a lion.

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

      I’d love to keep Wood around as well. Are we passing the collection plate to give the Yankees an extra 5-8M to pay Wood?

      • CBean

        I have $5.

        • Xstar7

          I have a shiny penny

      • theyankeewarrior

        I think most of us already donated to that when we drank 5 or 6 $10 beers and ate $8 hot dogs.

        Not to mention the hundreds and thousands spent on tickets, apparel, and running up their TV ratings.

        LEE! WOOD! BENCH BATS! ARB RAISES! DEADLINE DEALS!

        I’m thinking the 2011 payroll could climb near $240 when all is said and done. Igawa & Marte are making 8M along over in useless lefty heaven.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          Igawa needs to be the blowout longman.

          Do whatever you want with that sentence, but that dude needs to be in New York carrying bags for Jeter and Arod.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            The problem is, if he’s on the 40 man, his salary is subject to the luxury tax. Right now, it isn’t.

        • Bart

          isn’t Igawa off the books this year?

          • Plank

            2011 is his last year.

      • DallasGreen

        Chances that he pitches as well next year as he did in the second half are remote at best. The guy has a ton of guts, but he’s an injury waiting to happen. He has a Kevin Brown kind of future.

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

    Wait, the Yankees declined the opt-outs on the day of a World Series Game, thus undermining and upstaging the entire glorious Fall Classic?

    THOSE @#$HOLES!!!!

    BOOOOOOOOOO THIS TEAM!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    The Yankees have murdered baseball history.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Right now the Mets plan to announcer their new GM during game 3 of the World Series. I guess that Selig edict about no proclamations during the World Series was just another one of those things that only apply to A-rod!

    • Xstar7

      Quit being a hater you Mets Fan.

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

        You’re new here, aren’t you?

        • Xstar7

          I got here last week

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

            I’m not a Mets fan.

            Welcome aboard.

            • Xstar7

              Just making sure. And thanks!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    What’s the most you guys would go in for Wood? I’d say 2/10 at the absolute most, but would prefer a one year over pay of 1/7 or so.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      His injury history and wildness scare me. Guy like that could implode at any point. It’s a moot point anyway, some team is going to pay him to close.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      didnt marte get more than that? he needs at least marte money right?

      sigh…this is too hard.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Too much.
      People are ignoring his 6.23 BB9, .235 BABIP, 33.9 GB%, and 98.1 LOB% for some reason. The results looked good, but he had luck.

  • Xstar7

    The Yankees need to sign Pedro Feliciano to replace wood and Adam Dunn to replace Johnson.

    • pat

      He of a 1.53 WHIP last year? No thank you.

      • Xstar7

        Really? I obviously don’t know anything about Feliciano then.

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

      The Yankees need to sign Pedro Feliciano to replace wood and Adam Dunn to replace Johnson.

      Feliciano might be doable. Adam Dunn we don’t have room in the budget for, at all.

      • Xstar7

        I should of thought of that. Having him as a full DH would be great though.

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

          You: preaching
          Me: the choir

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      can’t we do a sign and trade to free up the salary cap money for dunn? they can have marte and igawa.

    • JAG

      Isn’t Feliciano supposed to be a Type A? I have no interest in surrendering a draft pick for a LOOGY, thank you.

  • steve (different one)

    Do we have a guess at what type fa’s Wood and Berkman might be? If Lance were a type b, offering arb might not be out of the question b/c we know he hates the AL. Wood is also risky, but if he were a B, maybe they would risk it. Prob not though.

    • Ed

      Berkman’s a weird one. He still wants to play first every day, which obviously won’t happen on the Yankees. With that in mind, he’d definitely turn down arbitration.

      The wild card of course is if there’s a team out there that wants him to play first for them. If he finds out early in the season that there isn’t – or at least not a team he’d be willing to play for – then maybe he does accept to get a bigger payday.

  • CBean

    I’m mostly sad that now that Wood’s no longer ours, he’s going to grow that hideous beard again.

  • http://www.nomaas.org K.B.D.

    Berkman has said he wants to play first, right? Why don’t the Yankees just say “There’s no way in hell you’ll play first base regularly for the Yanks,” and then offer him arbitration.

    Cold. Blooded.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’ll get $16M or so through arbitration and nothing close to that on the open market. If the Yanks say that, he’ll say “fine, I accept, give me my money and good luck trading me.”

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

      Because now that Houston has Brett Wallace and doesn’t want Berkman back, there’s no natural landing spot for him, so he’d probably just take the arb offer and sit on the cool 13M+ and let the Yankees try to trade him somewhere if we really don’t have room for him.

      It’s called “pulling a Rafael Soriano”.

      • Big Stein

        when did soriano do that?

        • Slugger27

          this past offseason….

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

          Last year, when the Braves signed Billy Wagner and offered Soriano and Mike Gonzalez arb, thinking they’d both decline and they’d get a closer upgrade while gaining free draft picks… only Soriano shocked them and accepted, and they were forced to foist his 8M salary off on the Tampa Bay Rays.

      • Slugger27

        the difference is that soriano was type a

        if berkman is a type b, this plan could conceivably work, even if unethical

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

          Their Type A/B rankings are irrelevant. It’ll be considerably harder to trade old, broken down Lance Berkman for 13-16M when he accepts than it would be to trade healthy, effective Rafael Soriano for 8M when he accepted.

          • Slugger27

            right, but thats not really the point. the point is that if berkman isnt a type a, he’d be infinitely more likely to decline arb simply cuz he wants to play 1b and wants to be in the NL

            if he was type a, he knows that would hurt his chances of getting signed, so he’d be more likely to accept

            • king of fruitless hypotheticals

              except for the $13MM, which is like, Kristen Lee money.

            • Plank

              If a player accepts arbitration, the absolute minimum they can make is 80% of the previous year’s salary. For a player like Berkman, Damon, or Matsui, that is much more than they are worth, so the chances of them accepting arbitration are extremely high. Offering arb is too risky for players like that since they would accept if they have any business sense.

    • Slugger27

      lol thats a pretty hilarious thing to consider…

      they could go up to javy (if hes a type B anyway) and be like “you wont step on a mound all season, and you’ll be forced to sit in the bullpen and watch others pitch in both set up and mop up duty… AND we will ask the fans to boo you every inning via the jumbotron….. so here’s your arb offer”

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        NEVER.GONNA.HAPPEN.

        can you imagine yankee fans booing their own players?

        please.

      • Camilo Gerardo

        that may hurt the yankee brand

  • Poopy Pants

    Good riddance to all.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Yeah, because Wood was atrocious.

      rolls eyes

  • nathan

    We got lucky with Wood’s health, let’s not tempt that fate again.

    Qn regarding Marte: Do the Yanks 60 day DL him or just release him. // What a contract that was.

    Berkman: The only role I see for him is the role Giambi had for Rockies

  • nathan

    Next year’s draft is supposed to be special, but will we miss out on anything significant when our pick is 31. Doubt it.

    • kenthadley

      can we make up for it via IFA’s? like yesterday’s signing, maybe we get a bit more aggressive in the IFA market.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      The Yankees will (gladly) be giving Texas their #31 pick as compensation for signing Cliff Lee.

  • Kit

    I knew it was inevitable but I’m still kinda bummeed about Kerry leaving.

    • Kit

      *bummed

  • Avi

    From Cot’s Baseball contracts:
    Andrew Brackman rhp
    4 years/$4.55M (2007-10), plus club options through 2013

    * 4 years/$4.55M (2007-10), plus club options through 2013
    o signed Major League contract 8/15/07
    o $3.35M signing bonus (paid over 6 years)
    o options and escalators may increase value to $13M
    * drafted 2007 (1-30) (NC State)
    * agent: Scott Boras

    What are the “options and escalators that may increase the value to $13M”?
    Sounds REALLY expensive.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Those escalators are usually ML service time, super 2 status, etc.

  • Jack

    Lee has been believed a pitching monster by Yankees. So what? He was smashed
    by Giants on Game 1. What will Yankees think about? The point is not how bad he was smashed, the point is you need to compare the games between Giants
    against Cliff Lee and Yankees against Cliff Lee. If you are reasonable, you will agree the fact this yankees team is sinking from the managers to the players. This Yankees team has lost its spirit, the only thing left is $M.

    I am a yankees fan, I certainly hope yankees the best. But you need to face the problems first, rather than talk about how well Joe Girardi managed.

    anyway, hope I am wrong.