Kerry Wood was terrific during his two and a half months in New York, and the Yankees have the option of bringing him back before he hits the free agent market, but that seems unlikely.
The Yankees have contract options on three players:
• Wood has an $11-million club option.
• Lance Berkman has a $15-million club option.
• Nick Johnson has a $5.75-million mutual option.
It’s unlikely any of the options will be picked up.
“They’re all pretty obvious,” Brian Cashman said. “I have to sit in the office and look at the numbers and stuff like that, but I think, probably, they’re all such large numbers that we wouldn’t be picking up options for anybody off the top of my head. But I have to sit down and go through it and talk to ownership. But my initial thought is they’re all pretty obvious.”
Berkman wants to play everyday. It is not happening here with Teixeira at 1B, and the Yanks need DH to be rotated among Posada, Jeter and Alex (with Jeter and Alex, that may mean more playing time for Nunez?) Berkman probably wouldn’t want to DH all the time anyway, and he wasn’t worth $15M/yr with the season he just had.
As for Wood, it would be nice to have him back as the 8th inning set-up guy, but those kinds of guys aren’t worth $11M.
As for Nick Johnson and his medical problems? Forget it. You wonder who would take a chance on him. As I’ve stated before, it seems like Johnson was the model for the Operation board game.
Update, 10/27: The Yanks have indeed declined all three options.