Yankees decline options on Berkman, Johnson, Wood
Brian Cashman said on Monday that he didn’t foresee exercising the options that were coming up, and so the Yankees announced today that they have declined to exercise the options to extend the current contracts of Lance Berkman, Nick Johnson and Kerry Wood through the
No real surprises here. The Yankees loved what Wood did after coming over on July 31 from Cleveland, but they weren’t going to pay Mariano Rivera’s setup man $11 million, and it looks like Wood may have a market to try for a closer’s job elsewhere.
Berkman was acquired from Houston with the expectation that his $15 million option would be turned down, and while he enjoyed playing for the Yankees, he strongly hinted that he’d prefer to see if there’s a team that needs a first baseman as well as a bat. With Mark Teixeira on board, his innings at first base were limited.
As for Johnson … well, yeah, that experiment didn’t work out. No need to go over the particulars, but it certainly would not be worth another $5.5 million investment.
In what is basically a housekeeping move, the Yankees did exercise the 2011 option on the contract of right-hander Andrew Brackman.