Yanks eyeing Wood for the right price

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Kerry Wood’s name hasn’t come up too often this winter. The Yanks’ midseason acquisition pitched great for the Bombers in 24 games. He went 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA (and a still-impressive 3.39 FIP) in 26 innings. He struck out 31 and walked just 18, and most assumed that, since Wood wanted to close and wanted closer money, he wouldn’t be back with the Yanks.

This evening, we learn that the Yanks talked to Wood’s people today. The team, says Hoch, would love to have Wood return, but GM Brian Cashman said any offer from the Yanks “won’t compete with closer money.” If the market for Wood shrivels up, a welcome return to the Bronx for this potent bullpen arm could be in order.

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  • pat

    Excellent. I loved having him in the pen. An experienced veteran who still has awesome stuff and the balls to throw his pitches with conviction. Joba could learn something from him.

  • Sean C

    I like the idea of signing Wood over other free agent bullpen candidates since he’ll only cost money. Even if he was “playing for a contract” down the stretch with the Yanks, he had some FILTHY stuff in those games. I’d love to have it back in the Yankee ‘pen.

  • Josh

    “just” 18. isn’t that a lot considering the innings and pretty high for the k/bb ratio? unless, of course there’s some sarcasm.

    • Neil

      I wondered the same thing but he gives up so few hits (14 in his 26 Yankee innings) that his whip was still only 1.23 for his time with the Yankees and 1.26 for his career. Plus he has that nasty curve and cutter to get out of the jams he does create.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I was being utterly sarcastic. The walk rate is alarming. That’s why there’s such a discrepancy between his ERA and his FIP.

  • http://yankeesseeds.wordpress.com dennis

    what teams need closers and would pay wood?
    Orioles,jays, white sox? angels, brewers.

  • candyforstalin

    no, no, no, no, no, no, NO.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      for the right price (less than $4-5mil) yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, YES.

      • candyforstalin

        i want to see that still impressive 3.39 fip with a normalized hr/fb.

        • Chris

          It would be about 4. Just slightly worse than Robertson.

          • candyforstalin

            that’s pretty much worthless.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Why not? The walks? For the right price, I’d gladly take an arm of Wood’s caliber for the pen.

      • candyforstalin

        less than 4m? sure.

  • JerseyDutch

    Would love to see Wood back on the team next year. The Wood/Mo combo was pretty potent.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    If the market for Wood shrivels up
    Yanks eyeing Wood for the right price

    (Guys, it’s been a trying day with this Andy stuff. Let me be immature.)

    • Evilest Empire

      If I’m an opposing hitter, I’d say Wood is hard to take from the backend of a ‘pen

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      …not going to admit that I did that on purpose…

    • JerseyDutch

      At least you didn’t say if we can’t have Wang, we might as well have Wood.

  • Accent Shallow

    Couldn’t hurt, but that walk rate was tough.

  • Evilest Empire

    The Yankees are going to have a pretty darn tight budget after Lee’s deal is done. I’d prefer to have Kerry Wood over a FA bench guy, but I think that’s the type of money Cashman is going to have to play with.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah. IF Lee’s shooting towards the erth moon which it seems like he is now the Yankees will be tight on money if they truly want to stay at near the 210 mark.

      If it’s taking this long Cash isn’t going to give a blank check as he did CC.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Since sicne I just heard about the Andy news from staying under a rock aka my job I take this back. If Wood can be had for 4 mil he can be had.

        • Evilest Empire

          yeah that’s a good point. Losing Andy does free up some cash, though some or all of it needs to go back into replacing him.

  • Reggie C.

    Wood should get at least 1 better offer than that which Cashman is willing to make. I’m not concerned though. I like Wood and he’d be an asset to most ‘pens. I just don’t think its a good allocation of Cashman’s energies given the uncertainty of Pettitte’s return.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Right. Relievers may be the next Mo next year and then theyll suck the following year. Like Brad Lidge. If Wood wants clsoer money, Cash should let him walk.

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    I thought this was a family site?

    • http://twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H

      RAB afterdark.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    Interest in Wood firm, market for Wang softens.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Everything depend$ on Lee. If he doesn’t sign with us, any interest in spending some of the money on Soriano to lock down the 8th until Mariano retires and he could take over?