The Yankees haven’t had this much talent in the minors ever, and everyone has taken notice. Still, the Yankees are all about the now, not the next or five years from now but today.
The Yankees have a phenomenal team this season, old but wise and not quite worn out yet. This doesn’t mean the Bombers are perfect, as no MLB team is but the Yankees do have needs or holes to fill like everybody else.
One popular grab prior to the July 31st trade deadline is that of relief pitchers. You’d be hard pressed to find a team who couldn’t use a solid arm to come in the middle innings in late August.
Regarding the Yankees, getting a lefty specialist is a top priority because Boone Logan isn’t going to cut it much longer. Feliciano and Marte, who were hired for that role, are both still on the DL and there is no timetable when they might return to the Bronx.
It is no secret that the Bombers are window-shopping. For the remaining 29 teams, who are not in contention this could work in their favor. If they put a solid lefty on the table, it would be almost impossible for the Yankees to refuse.
Then reality hits because in 2011 more teams are in contention at the break than ever; which in turn shrinks the already scarce market for lefty specialists.
So, what does Cashman have to do?
Go out and dangle the goods in front of teams that aren’t playoff worthy that have a reliever that can get out lefties and who can handle playing in New York.
Specifically after enduring an embarrassing, first game to start the second-half up in Toronto.
The Blue Jays smoked the Yankees, 7-16; but after being 8-0 heading into the second the Bombers bats came back to life. With a score of 7-9 heading into the sixth inning, the Yankees were in a place to win. That is until LHP Boone Logan came in and gave up three runs; Sergio Mitre who continues to be totally useless followed Logan and gave up another couple runs.
This is where the Chicago Cubs come in, as they have a reliever named Kerry Wood who Yankee fans got to know very well last season. Wood should have been kept after a dynamite job in relief, but cheap skate Cashman didn’t agree.
Wood is a veteran with experience. He just got off the DL this past week, but prior to suffering a blister on his thumb in June, Wood pitched 24 innings with a 2.25 ERA and 21/10 K/BB ratios out of the bullpen for Chicago.
Wood spent most of his career playing in Wrigley; he is from the Chicago area and gave the Cubbies a hometown discount for his service to help them out this season.
The Cubs are a team who are rebuilding, are not going to the postseason and could use some young talent.
So, why doesn’t Cashman go dangle a sweet package in front of Cubs GM Jim Hendry, forcing him to convince Wood to waive his no trade clause.
Then Wood can come back to the Bronx to help out again, and possibly get his first World Series ring too.
The argument the Wood throws right is really immaterial because he is applicable against both. When facing lefties over his career, Wood’s holds batters to a .221 average, while maintaining righties to a .212. He has well proved he can handle the New York pressure and was excellent down the stretch, while aiding the youngsters in the bullpen as well.
Teams are already calling about bringing Wood’ talent to their ballpark for the rest of 2011. The Yankees have the most and the best resources over everyone.
So what is stopping Cashman from luring Wood and paying for something that has already proven to work?
It sounds like a win/win to me.
What do you think about bringing back Wood?
Also, what kind of package should the Yankees offer the Cubs and Wood so it would be hard to refuse?
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