Yankees Rumors: Kerry Wood Looking 2-Years & $12 Mil

Via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

Kerry Wood, another free-agent candidate for the Yankees, is seeking a two-year, $12 million deal, according to one source.

This doesn’t seem completely unreasonable from a financial standpoint for the Yankees, but to sign such an injury prone pitcher to a multi-year deal doesn’t seem like such a good idea. Even though his shoulder injuries are behind him he has still managed to land on the DL a few times with blisters and back strains.

It’s possible that his DL days are behind him and the fact that he was on the Yankees last year means they should have had a good chance to have their doctors and trainers to work with him. Ultimately $12 million is a lot to pay anybody if he’s not playing, but if anybody could absorb a bad contract it is the Yankees. Especially considering that 2011 is the last year they will have to pay Kei Igawa.

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8 Responses to Yankees Rumors: Kerry Wood Looking 2-Years & $12 Mil

  1. While I doubt he ends up signing at such a reasonable level, Wood's probably worth about $3 million on a one-year deal.

  2. Mindkind says:

    The Yankees should do this! Sign Wood and sign Rafael Soriano.

  3. That would make one damn good, but very expensive, bullpen. They'll need some lefties too.

  4. Mindkind says:

    Yes lol very expensive but hey with the Red Sox reloading and the Phillies with 4 Aces instead of trading for risky pitchers the Yanks can just shorten the games with a lock down bullpen. they have the money now so why not? With that bullpen they can live with Nova and AJ going 5-6 Innings. Plus Pettite can't go deep into games all the time anymore.

  5. Steve says:

    This is a great idea, for that to happen, they would get to either get rid of Chamberlain or make him a starter again, which might not happen. The reason is because they need to carry a long guy, a pen with Rivera, Soriano, Wood, Logan, Robertson, another lefty maybe Feliciano?, Chamberlain. Unless they want Joba to be the long reliever, they need a spot for probably Mitre. They can't carry 8 guys out of the Bullpen. That would make for a dominant bullpen that could be lights out.

  6. Mindkind says:

    I for one still think Joba is a starter future number 1 but the Yankees don't see it that way. This would be a great off-season for me if the Yanks move Joba to the starting rotation.


    Pettite ( if he comes back )

    AJ ( because of the money he will probably get the 3rd spot )


    Chamberlain/Nova/Brackman battle for 5th spot in ST

  7. smurfy says:

    I think Joba's shoulder won't let him blow past the bats anymore, so he's gotta work out clever ways to combine his pitches now. He's better off working up from an inning or two until his new bag of tricks is assembled.

    And I would love to have a strong pen, and Kerry Wood can be an eyefull with a very nice delivery and a good complement to Mo.

  8. Matt says:

    Wood paid his dues down the stretch and in the postseason in pinstripes – he'll get a no-playoff closer job for less, I say sign him. He wasn't intimidated at Yankee Stadium or on the big stage. After Kyle Farnsworth, Chris Hammond, etc. I'll take his injury prone swagger.

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