New York Yankees Bring in Kerry Wood

August 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments
Article Source: Bleacher Report - New York Yankees

Not satisfied with their current setup man situation, the New York Yankees decided to bring in a closer to fill that need.

The Yankees traded for Cleveland Indians closer Kerry Wood on Saturday and sent a player to be named later and cash to the Indians. The Indians will also pick up $2.17 million of the $3.67 million left on Wood’s contract.

The reality is that Joba Chamberlain, Dave Robertson, and Chan Ho Park (no longer a Yankee) have been terrible for the Yankees this year. The Yankees needed someone to come in before Mariano Rivera and get the job done. Whether Wood will be that guy remains to be seen.

Wood has suffered through an injury plagued season posting a 6.30 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP in 20 unimpressive innings. His 8.1 K/9 is also the lowest of his career.

The key for Wood will obviously be health and adjusting to not being the closer. As we have seen before, closers who become eighth inning setup guy have struggled. Yes, I am talking to you Eric Gagne.

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