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Yanks Could Be Looking at Wood Reunion

By Frank Russo ~ June 10th, 2011. Filed under: Rumor Mill.

I mentioned a bunch of pitchers in yesterday’s column that could potentially help the Yankees. One team that I looked into today was the Chicago Cubs, who seemingly will have their entire roster available shortly.

Carlos Zambrano is the obvious name that stands out. Cashman has inquired in the past, but has been reluctant to bring on the volatile righty. The real issue with Zambrano is money. He has another year, plus a vesting option on his contract worth a total of $37 million dollars. According to my source, the Cubs appear unwillingly to pick up a large portion of the contract, which is something that Yankees would require.

A more realistic deal, and one that I was told was discussed by fans on Twitter today, is acquiring Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster. The Yankees will be in Chicago next week, and Dempster is tentatively scheduled to start on Saturday. That would be a great opportunity to showcase himself to a potential future employer. I was also told Kerry Wood enjoyed his time in New York, and that he would have no issue waiving his no trade clause to return to the Yankees. With Joba Chamberlain out for the year, acquiring a reliever like Wood becomes a necessity.

Dempster has been a solid pitcher in the National League, but is in the midst of having one of the worst years of his career (5-5, 5.96). A good part of the remaining salary, which includes a $14 million dollar player option for next season, will have to be picked up. Perhaps he could rediscover himself- similar to what happened with Wood last season- when he comes to the Yankees.

Right now, a Dempster/Wood for prospects deal might be the best option. The Mariners won’t trade King Felix, the White Sox are in the race, and the Yankees have concerns about Francisco Liriano‘s health. The Twins would readily send Scott Baker, Brian Duensing, or Nick Blackburn to New York, but there is not mutual interest.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

4 Responses to Yanks Could Be Looking at Wood Reunion

  1. Samuel

    David Phelps, Adam Warren, Nector Noesi, and DJ Mitchell are all pitching well as of late and one of them should get an extended look before you trade for a bum pitcher like Dempster.

    And Scranton closer Kevin Whelan was called up today to New York.

    Let the kids fill the roles opened up by injuries. Isn’t that what the farm system is for?

  2. Michael Maggi

    Frank, I could see Cash moving on Liriano if the price was reasonable meaning no Sanchez, Montero, Banuelos or Betances

  3. Frank Russo


    Sanchez, Montero, Banuelos or Betances are all untouchables when it comes to trading for Liriano, so Don’t Worry.

  4. Michael Maggi


    I’m not entirely sure a starting pitcher and a lefty reliever are enough to save this team this year. I still can’t figure out why they haven’t called up Montero (his eye infection notwithstanding). They really need to infuse some young blood into this team. If Jeter and Posada are not hitting better come Jeter’s 3000th hit/July 1st time frame, then they need to drop Jeter in the order and release Posada. If they don’t, then I have serious concerns about the competency of this front-office and on-field management staff.

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