Yankees decline options on Berkman, Johnson, Wood

102210wood.jpgBrian 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
2011 season.

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.

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jon fox, That’s quite a wish list.. Some of it is wishful thinking.. Jete is going nowhere, AJ & Jorge sounds good but highly improbable. Shin Soo Choo would be a good addition. Next 3 are a possibility. No go w/Arod.. If it were at all possible the Thumper as DH, So sorry!! same w/George. The Impossible dream… Our needs PITCHING, Catching, Jorgie can’t handle it anymore.. Is Montero the answer?? Leo Mazzone would be a good candidate as PC.. With the exception of Pena, Let the rest of the coaches go.. We need new life for a PC, Long isn’t cutting it.. We need to cut down on the Ks.. We rely too much on the long ball.
What’s happened to the TEXAS bats?? Was our pitching that bad?? They look pathetic, like a completely different team..

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4ever,
A condition of Berkman accepting a trade was declining his option.

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Brian Cashman’s Winter To-Do List:
Sign Jeter, then trade him to Texas for Elvis Andrus.
Trade AJ Burnett to the Marlins for Josh Johnson.
Trade Jorge Posada to the Giants for Buster Posey.
Trade Nick Swisher to Cleveland for Shin Soo Choo
Sign Cliff Lee.
Sign Rafael Soriano.
Sign Carl Crawford.
Sign Jayson Werth.
Sign Adrian Beltre.
Release A-Rod.
Thaw Ted Williams and sign him to DH
Rebuild the Old Yankee Stadium on the original site.
Reanimate the corpse of George Steinbrenner and get HIS opinion on the memorial plaque.

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The Yanks need pitching and Wood was good most of the time … we need to resign him. Joba is Joba and has not been consistant enough to be a starter. Mazzone would be good in NY and could possibly turn AJ around. If the right deal could be made for someone better then no doubt AJ should go! I don’t think there is any doubt NY will try to seal the deal with Lee. While Berkman knew he probably would not be picked up, he will be a good option for someone. Johnson was the biggest waste of money of all and a very close second is Kearns. What did he do for us? Get rid of him!! Don’t waste money on outfielders … Gradner, Granderson, & Swisher did great. Gardner just needs to learn to bunt. PITCHING, PITCHING, PITCHING!

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Worked and didn?t work for Joe Girardi
Posted by: Chad Jennings
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/10/28/worked-and-didnt-work-for-joe-girardi/

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Mazzone can fix Joba and we can ship AJ anywhere he wants, or trade him and a couple of prospect for King Felix.

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The fonzog is back for some hot stove (HT). Let star with bullpen CashMoney got to fine a way to sign K. Wood

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I heard about Leo Mazzone being interested in Yankee job. I think he’d be good. He doesn’t believe in all that innings nonsense. Turn Hughes loose every 5. Make Joba a starter. Throw them both 200 innings. Fix AJ’s mechanics and get him to quit throwing curve in dirt and fastball down the pipe. Maybe use a slider more. Make him throw change. He’s a head case and Mazzone is a no-nonsense guy, but his track record with power pitchers and finesse pitchers is fantastic. Honestly, I felt Mel Stottlemyre was the Yankees best ever pitching coach and the others have been marginal.
With regard to Wood, someone will offer him close to that 11 million to close. Tough loss. He used to be a pretty good starter!!!

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Now is the time to make serious changes. Posada, back-up catcher, part-time DH., A-Rod could trade, need two outfielders one in left and one in right, Times up for Joba and Phillip, someone offer a dececent trade take it. Spend money on free-agent pitchers. Make no mistake goe after Sorano from Tampa. Mo’s replacement. Cashman remember good pitching, good defense, timely hitting wins games. You have built the team strictly based on power. mistake.

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I too hope that Kerry will return, I also agree Johnson’s signing was a mistake, also Thames & Kearns they don’t fit. Javy must also go. Joe for 3 more?? Another mistake.. Jeter 3 years w/ option 4th $50,000. or an incentive laden contract. Posada as DH he can’t cut it behind the plate, but will Montero be ready, I hear hes not a good defensive catcher, He’ll need to work with Pena and Girardi… Cervelli will probably be gone… We need LEE!!! and another good starter………………………….

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Johnson was the first of many Cashman mistakes in last year’s offseason. And I don’t want to hear a hindsight is 20/20 argument. Johnson’s career is riddled with injuries and the Yankees should have stayed clear of him. A GM is not paid to make this type of mistake.

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REPEAT FROM PRIOR THREAD:
What Went Wrong: Nick The (Injured) Stick
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2010/10/what-went-wrong-nick-the-injured-stick-37524/

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Kerry, please come back anyway!

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