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Tag:Kerry Wood
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:46 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 10:11 am

Dibble to Strasburg: 'Suck it up'

Stephen Strasburg Rob Dibble is an absolute idiot.

Anyone who has listened to him call Washington Nationals games or in his previous life as Dan Patrick's sidekick know this. But in case you didn't know this much about the former Nasty Boy, well, here's further proof.

His latest opinion had to be beamed to outer space before coming back to Earth via SIRIUS XM radio because it was so stupid. Here's the Nationals' TV color commentator talking to former Nationals general manager Jim "Leatherpants" Bowden on the team's young stud Stephen Strasburg (via D.C. Sports Bog ):

Rob Dibble "OK, you throw a pitch, it bothers your arm, and you immediately call out the manager and the trainer? Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow."

He also said this: "What Mike Rizzo and Jim Riggleman do, that's totally different. They have to think of the long-term ramifications of what they're doing right now with this kid's career. As far as this kid? Stop crying, go out there and pitch. Period."

Oh, as if that wasn't dumb enough, he pulls out the card of how tough he was (when he wasn't getting beat up by his manager):

"My arm would throb. I couldn't even hold a glass of water. And you know what, Jim? I loved it."

Maybe that's why he played seven seasons and had a 6.97 ERA in his last two seasons, spent with three different teams. After arm surgery in 1994, he came back in 1995, and had a 7.18 ERA with the White Sox and Brewers. And as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post pointed out on Twitter , Strasburg has thrown 123 innings this season between the majors and minors. The most Dibble threw in a season was 99.

While Dibble obviously has trouble learning from his experiences, Kerry Wood actually has brain activity. Wood told that he'd advise Strasburg to be shut down for the rest of the season.

"I'd question whether I would send him back out and let him pitch more," Wood told John Aaron. "They're not in a pennant race."

Wood added, "He's a young kid. Pitching at this level, your adrenaline level's going to go up. And he's probably not used to pitching with that adrenaline in his system."

Or he could "pitch through the pain" and end up a talking head.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 3:45 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 4:04 pm

Yankees import Wood

Kerry Wood The Yankees are throwing around their financial might, adding reliever Kerry Wood to their bullpen for a player to be named later or cash, as's Scott Miller reports that the trade is being reviewed by the Commissioner's Office.

Wood is making $10.5 million on the year, and the Indians are picking up a good chunk of the $4 million remaining on that deal. However, some savings is better than none for the down-and-out Indians, who figure to receive a decent prospect and nothing more -- if they even decide to acquire a player.

This is the second trade in two days for Cleveland and the busy Yankees (who added Lance Berkman from Houston as well). On Friday, Austin Kearns was dealt to the Yankees for bench depth.

Wood has just come off the disabled list for the first time on the year after a right shoulder strain, something he battled in spring training as well. Wood has an awful 6.30 ERA on the season with an 8.1 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9, but has also been slightly unlucky on BABIP and stranding runners. His 5.04 xFIP is more indicative of his production so far, and that's to say nothing of a likelihood that Wood will improve on the whiff rate.

Essentially, he's a flier for the Yankees' beleaguered bullpen and will cost them next to nothing except a couple million. You can bemaon the Yankees' financial advantage all you want, but they have the advantage and are smartly using it.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:55 am

Relievers on the block 'terrible'

Is your team one of the many out there looking for bullpen help? Good luck.

Here's what ESPN's Buster Olney hears:

Right now the cream of the crop seems to be a trio of Blue Jays: Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs. Also, available could be the likes of Pittsburgh's Octavio Dotel, Houston's Brandon Lyon, Seattle's David Aardsma, Kansas City's Kyle Farnsworth, Florida's Leo Nunez, Washington's Matt Capps and Arizona's Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman. The trade market even had a hiccup when Kerry Wood went on the DL -- that tells you about everything you need to know.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 12:26 pm

Indians place Wood on DL

Kerry Wood In a market bullish on relievers, one more is unavailable until just before the trade deadline, as the Indians placed closer Kerry Wood on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger.

According to's Anthony Castrovince , the move is retroactive to June 12, making him eligible to return before the trade deadline.

However, as with more than $4 million left on his contract, the real trade deadline for Wood is the Aug. 31 date. He will likely clear waivers because of the combination of the money still owed to him and his 1-4 record and 6.30 ERA. Wood does, however, have 18 strikeouts in 20 innings. He has eight saves this season in 11 opportunities and this is his second trip to the DL this season.

In Wood's absence, Chris Perez will take over the closer's role and Jensen Lewis has been called up from Triple-A Columbus for his third stint in Cleveland this season. Perez has seven saves this season and a 1-0 record with a 3.94 ERA.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 11:44 am

Indians' Wood ready for trade talk

There's not exactly the same kind of hand-wringing in Cleveland about the possible departure of Kerry Wood as there is over some other guy.

Wood isn't headed to Miami, but there are plenty of other possible destinations -- including the Knicks. Everyone needs bullpen help, and Wood is a free agent after the season.

Wood told the Akron Beacon Journal 's Sheldon Ocker that he understands he's prepared to be traded.

"It depends on what teams want," Wood said. "But ultimately we all play this game to win. I probably wouldn't complain a whole lot [about going to a contender]."

Wood is closing for the Indians, but would be unlikely to be a closer for a good team. He has eight saves and a 6.27 ERA.

"It doesn't need to be a closing situation," Wood said "Some teams might need help in the eighth inning. But I can't worry about that. I have to keep going out there and putting up zeroes."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:23 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 7:23 pm

Dodgers searching for pitching

Roy Oswalt The Dodgers have spoken to the Astros, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Indians and Mariners about solutions to the Dodgers' pitching conundrum, reports Evan Drellich of The Dodgers need both starters and relievers.

Manager Joe Torre said that pitching is what the Dodgers are focusing on in any particular deal and expects a deal to eventually be swung. Complicating things is that Los Angeles doesn't have much left in the budget to add, thanks to the brewing divorce between owner Frank McCourt and his wife as well as a current payroll of $102 million according to Cot's Contracts.

So which pitchers could the Dodgers get from the aforementioned teams? Let's take a look.

Astros: Houston has starting pitcher Brett Myers available who is on a one-year deal and has been the second-best starter on the team with a 3.57 ERA. Of course, there's also Roy Oswalt (pictured), who has a standing trade "request" but is due $15 million over the balance of 2010 and $16 million in 2011. And who's to say Oswalt won't demand the $16 million team option for 2012 be picked up if he's traded? With a full no-trade clause, Oswalt has that ability.

The Astros also have a number of relief arms, but none that stand out as an optimal replacement for the Dodgers' current arms -- at least, that would be available. Brandon Lyon is near untradable and it's tough to imagine Houston parting with Matt Lindstrom.

Blue Jays:
The Jays have lost 12 of the last 15 and are in fourth place in the AL (B)East, 11 1/2 games out. It's safe to say the honeymoon is over, and the Jays have plenty of pitching available. Their starting pitching are all young, cost-controllable and quality so it's hard to imagine Toronto dealing any of those. The relievers, on the other hand, should be plentiful.

Kevin Gregg has extensive experience pitching in the NL and in close games. He's posted a 3.94 ERA over 32 innings. Left-hander Scott Downs, one of the best setup men in the bigs, is having another fantastic season and Shawn Camp has emerged as another qualty bullpen arm. Casey Janssen is just 28 and is a quality middle relief arm but certainly fungible to a rebuilding squad.

Now that the GM and manager have been offered a ticket out of town, interim GM Jerry DiPoto has a lot of decisions to make. One of which is if Dan Haren should be traded, something outgoing GM Josh Byrnes also grappled with. Haren is inked through 2012, getting $8.25 million in 2010 and $12.75 million in 2011 and 2012, affordable for a perennial Cy Young contender. The question here is two-fold:

First being if the Diamondbacks would be willing to swap Haren to an intradivision rival, the second if the Dodgers have enough in the farm system to acquire Haren. The Dodgers were ranked No. 21 in minor-league talent rankings by Baseball America prior to the season and Haren figures to command more than Lee will.

The Indians have Jake Westbrook most available, who is finishing up a contract that pays him $11 million on the season. Cleveland is ready to have a fire sale (as detailed here ) but has yet to find anyone to their liking that has been dangled for Westbrook. Westbrook would cost significantly less than one of the top-tier pitchers on the market in terms of prospects due to the contract and the fact he is a mid-rotation starter.

Kerry Wood, provided the Indians chipped in a healthy sum of money to make up for about $5 million remaining on Wood's deal, could also head to the Dodgers.

The obvious one is Cliff Lee, of course. With about $4 million remaining to Lee, he would easily fit into the Dodgers' payroll. He would also allow Los Angeles a way to beef up its farm system by offering arbitration to the lefty after the season -- which Lee would certainly decline. The Dodgers' payroll collapses to a projected $61 million next year, so a Lee extension is possible as well.

Other potential names that may have been swapped could include closer David Aardsma who could fit in a pitcher's park throwing gas as a setupman. Relief pitcher Brandon League is having a solid season as well.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 4, 2010 6:25 pm

Indians ready to begin fire sale

Jake Westbrook Now that the Indians have traded Russell Branyan, their annual fire sale has begun again as they try to bring in pieces to eventually send Cleveland back to the top of the division.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer runs through some candidates to be traded, chief among them Jake Westbrook. Westbrook missed nearly two seasons with Tommy John surgery but has come back strong, starting 17 games and posting a 4.59 ERA. He would be a fantastic middle-of-the-rotation get for a team, but the $11 million due him in the year is prohibiting any clear favorites.

While there has been some interest in Westbrook, Hoynes says the Indians almost certainly need to chip in to help pay the remainder of Westbrook's salary if they hope to get anyone worth dealing Westbrook for.

Fellow big-salaried pitcher Kerry Wood is also unquestionably available, but teams are skittish about his consistency and -- surprise -- amount owed. He will make a total of $10.5 million on the year, and some team may yet bite near the end of August, when he could be available through trade waivers. Such a move would allow teams a longer evaluation period, dole out less money and get Wood on the staff in advance of the August 31 deadline to set playoff rosters.

Jhonny Peralta is also slated to become a free agent and is also on the trading block. However, the former shortstop has seen his star dim significantly in recent days and has seen all semblance of power disappear. He was once linked to the Phillies to help fill the void left by Chase Utley and Placido Polanco, but a source tells Hoynes there is no interest on Philadelphia's end.

Hoynes wonders aloud about the Twins as a trade partner for Peralta, and also believes Austin Kearns could be available to a team seeking a stable outfield option off the bench.

Along with the fading Marlins, the Indians may be in the best position of any selling club due to the various options they can present to teams with needs. However, can Mark Shapiro make an impact in his final season as a general manager? What he pulls off -- or doesn't pull off -- at the trade deadline will tell a lot about the state of the organization.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 19, 2010 7:39 pm

Peralta, Wood ready for trade season

The Indians aren't going to win anything this year, that much is clear. That's why at least two Cleveland players tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer 's Paul Hoynes that they'll try to avoid trade talk, but won't be caught unaware.

"There's a good chance something could happen," Jhonny Peralta said. "I don't know what they're thinking right now, but it could happen to me and a couple of other guys."

The Indians have a $7 million option on Peralta after this season. Closer Kerry Wood can also become a free agent after the season.

"It's part of the game," said Wood. "I'm sure it's not unrealistic. But at this point, you just try to go up and put zeroes up."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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