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Yankees Need Bullpen Help

By Frank Russo ~ July 8th, 2011. Filed under: Digest Contributors.

One of my Yankees concerns is overworking the bullpen. David Robertson has been great, but the injury to Mariano Rivera shouldn’t be taken lightly. Yes, they probably made a big deal about it to justify Mo bowing out of the All Star Game, but Joe Girardi has been using both Rivera and Robertson heavily this season.

Even if Rafael Soriano returns, they still need to replace Joba Chamberlain, so I continue to believe the Yankees will import a reliever by the deadline.

I was told the Yankees are continuing to consider Joakim Soria. They hope the demands of Royals GM Dayton Moore become more realistic as the deadline approaches. What I mean by that is not having any of the Killer B’s names dropped in any conversation.

Right now, there are concerns about acquiring K-Rod. He has a no-trade to ten teams, and there is word he may want an extension. He would be a good fit, but at what cost? Plus dealing with the Mets seems unrealistic.

Heath Bell? Doubt Theo’s buddy Jed Hoyer would ever make it easy for the Yankees to acquire him.

The most likely bullpen acquisition, in my opinion, is Kerry Wood. If I had to rank the probability of bullpen arms I would make it Wood, K-Rod, Soria, and Bell.

I believe they will get someone like Wood even if Rafael Soriano returns healthy and to form.

Passing Thoughts

I see the Society for American Baseball Research is having its convention this week in Long Beach, California. As a fellow SABR member, I think its important to remember that SABR was founded by individuals interested in researching baseball history, not promoting advanced stats.

Somehow, SABR gets lumped in with sabermetricians, and it always bothers me. The real heart of SABR is baseball research, and should continue to be the focus.

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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.

7 Responses to Yankees Need Bullpen Help

  1. geo

    Wood has said he won’t waive his no-trade. He signed with the Cubs and took way less money than he would have been paid elsewhere to do so for a reason. Chicago is where he wants to be.

  2. Frank Russo

    Sorry Geo, That’s not what we were told….by several people.

  3. Stu B

    By whom, Frank? Be specific – don’t give us the old “unnamed sources” BS.

  4. Frank Russo


    Sorry dude, Nice try. I am not going to give out names of people who give me info. Ask Mike Silva. Once you do that, then they get grief for telling you stuff, not just from the organization that they work for, but also jackass fans who attack them.

    I’ve worked too hard over the past 20 years to make contacts to just give out their names because someone like you demands that I give out the names of my sources.

    Let’s just say that the people I have talked to know their “BS” as you call it.

  5. Frank Russo


    One last thing, I again encourage you to talk to Mike Silva about giving away sources. Like I said, it’s not happening.

  6. Stu B

    I don’t mean that what they say or do is BS, but that sometimes, not naming a source is BS. Maybe you don’t do this, but some reporters put stuff out there for the sake of stories and attribute it to “unnamed sources” when they’re making it up on the fly and don’t really know what they’re talking about. It seems to happen fairly often with certain writers at the Post and Daily News.

  7. Chuck Johnson

    “I’ve worked too hard over the past 20 years to make contacts to just give out their names because someone like you demands that I give out the names of my sources.”

    Amen, Frank, Amen.

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