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The latest buzz has the Yankees acquiring Kerry Wood from the Indians for a player to be named later. The Yankees needed a relief pitcher, but Wood, who was just activated from the disabled list where he had landed due to a blister on his right index finger, is an underwhelming solution. Not only is he seemingly always hurt, but in two seasons with the Indians, he has posted a 4.80 ERA and 4.7 BB/9, the worst of that work coming this year (6.30 ERA, 5.0 BB/9), while his typically stellar strikeout rate has been a bit more ordinary at 8.1 K/9 (down from 10.3 K/9 both last year and career). Wood has also given up 1.4 home runs per nine innings this year, all of which combines to make him look a lot like Kyle Farnsworth with a sketchier injury history. Given that Joe Girardi used to catch both pitchers with the Cubs and was likely a driving force behind the Wood acquisition, the comparison seems apt.

As Tyler Kepner has been pointing out on twitter, Wood has been better since a disaster outing on May 19, posting a 3.78 ERA since, but even that figure isn’t overwhelming, and he’s still blown two games and lost a third over the course of just 18 games before landing on the DL with that blister. All of which is to say, I’m not optimistic, and part of me would have rather taken a chance on Chad Qualls (who went to the Rays early this morning) and his outlandish .427 BABIP. Qualls has had better peripherals than Wood this year and, from what I can tell, has never been on the DL. Anyone want to place bets on who pitches better over the next two months?

Update: The Wood deal is official, with Joel Sherman tweeting that the compensation could be money or two “middling” minor leaguers. Indians’ choice if Wood says healthy, price drops after the fact if Wood gets hurt.

Tags:  Kerry Wood  trading deadline

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1 rbj   ~  Jul 31, 2010 4:24 pm

Nope, I've got no clue. But a .427 BABIP has got to bite you in the ass eventually.

2 Diane Firstman   ~  Jul 31, 2010 4:29 pm

Braves acquired Ankiel and that man Farnsworth. Hmmm ...

3 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Jul 31, 2010 4:30 pm

[1] the idea with BABIP is that it's a indicator of luck. .427 BABIP means Qualls has had awful luck thus far and that seems sure to correct itself, so there's a good to excellent chance he'll improve by moving to a team with a better defense, which both the Rays and Yankees are/have.

4 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Jul 31, 2010 4:32 pm

[2] Braves got Farnsworth at the deadline in '05, too. He was nails for them as their closer down the stretch, then blew up in the postseason. Yankees signed him off that performance.

5 Diane Firstman   ~  Jul 31, 2010 4:33 pm

Since May 19, Wood has been decent ...


6 Diane Firstman   ~  Jul 31, 2010 4:46 pm
7 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Jul 31, 2010 4:50 pm

[5] Did you not read that in the post above?

8 Chyll Will   ~  Jul 31, 2010 4:55 pm

[6] And as such, deserves a semi-appropriate sendoff...

9 Diane Firstman   ~  Jul 31, 2010 5:01 pm


E-Diane :-(
Yup, I missed it somehow ...

10 Diane Firstman   ~  Jul 31, 2010 5:02 pm


I'm thinking more like this ...

11 monkeypants   ~  Jul 31, 2010 5:25 pm

berkman as DH I really like
Kearns as fourth OF is ok
Wood as BP help is perplexing
No one as an upgrade for Peña is unfortunate

12 rbj   ~  Jul 31, 2010 5:28 pm

[11] Addition by subtraction; if it gets CHP DFA'ed, it's good.

Plus future deals can be done, I doubt BUIF will get claimed off of waivers.

13 monkeypants   ~  Jul 31, 2010 5:37 pm

12) speaking of CHoP getting chopped, don't the Yankees have to make one more move to free up a spot on the 40 man roster for kearns (berkman replaces melancon)?

14 monkeypants   ~  Jul 31, 2010 5:40 pm

13) aha, Aceves to the 60 day DL.

15 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 31, 2010 5:42 pm

This has "ends in tears" written all over it.

16 Raf   ~  Jul 31, 2010 5:45 pm

[13] Yes, they do. Chances are one of the OF'ers (Golson, Curtis or Huffman) will go.

17 Raf   ~  Jul 31, 2010 5:46 pm

[14] That'll work too :)

18 rbj   ~  Jul 31, 2010 6:05 pm

Per LoHud:
Colin Curtis and Juan Miranda optioned to Triple-A.

Aceves has been out more than 60 days, so that move really has no impact other than opening a spot on the 40-man roster.

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