Yankees Not Picking Up Options for Wood, Berkman, or Johnson

The Yankees have team options for three players, Kerry Wood ($11M), Lance Berkman ($15M) and Nick Johnson ($5.75M) and it doesn’t appear that they will pick up any of the three.

“They’re all pretty obvious,” Brian Cashman said. “I have to sit in the office and look at the numbers and stuff like that, but I think, probably, they’re all such large numbers that we wouldn’t be picking up options for anybody off the top of my head. But I have to sit down and go through it and talk to ownership. But my initial thought is they’re all pretty obvious.”

This was pretty obvious stuff. Wood is the only one they probably gave any thought to. They would really like him to be apart of the 2011 bullpen, but $11 million is way to much to pay for a middle reliever. They’ll probably try to resign him, but he’ll probably leave for a closer role.

Berkman actually asked the Yankees not to pick up his option as part of accepting a trade to the Bronx. There was little chance they were going to pay him $15 million a year anyways. Johnson cannot be trusted to stay healthy and it would be crazy to pick up his option at this point.

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