At The Deadline

The Yankees have apparently added Kerry Wood in exchange for a PTBNL or cash.  It’s really a flier on the Yankees part.  If Wood pitches well, they have improved their bullpen.  If he doesn’t, they can eat the $1.5 million they owe him easily.  And don’t forget, Girardi caught Woods when he was at his peak, maybe that will help him pitch well again.

We’ve heard that Curtis and Miranda are being sent down for Kearns and Berkman and it makes a lot of sense. Curtis is a nice player to have on the bench, but with these additions, you can’t really find a spot for him.  Now the Yankees have to figure out how to deploy Berkman and Kearns.  With Berkman’s inability to hit LHP, they will need to make sure to avoid bunching him next to Granderson, but early reports are that he will hit second.  That’s a mistake in my mind, Swisher offers a lot more than Berkman and should get the call in the 2 spot.  Based on that, we will probably see something like this

Against RHP- Jeter, Berkman, Tex, A-Rod, Cano,  Posada, Granderson, Swisher, Gardner

Against LHP Jeter, Swisher, Tex, A-Rod, Cano, Posada, Thames, Kearns, Gardner

That’s a better lineup than yesterday and when you throw in the Wood acquisition, you have to like what the Yankees did.  I would have liked to have seen an upgrade for Pena, but they did very well nonetheless and there will certainly be guys who sneak through waivers in the next month.  

UPDATE 4:35pm- Chan Ho Park has been DFA’ed.  I will never understand what the Yankees thought they saw in those 3-1/3 World Series’ innings he threw that made them believe he would be good, but they have finally done the right thing.  Next on my list, Mitre…. 

UPDATE 5:10pm- The Yankees also moved Aceves to the 60-day DL.  Not sure why they DFA’ed Park today in that case.  Wood was in Toronto at 3:45 today (they showed him on MLB TV) Is he really going to get to Tampa in time for tonight’s game or during it?  If not, the Yankees are going to play a man short tonight.