Wheeling and Dealing Tribe Trade Wood to Yankees

By: T.J. Zuppe

Indians Trade Kerry Wood to Yankees

After already trading pitcher Jake Westbrook to the St. Louis Cardinals earlier in the day, the Indians were not done playing make a deal, this time hooking up with the New York Yankees again, this time reaching an agreement to trade closer Kerry Wood to the Bronx Bombers. It was the second trade with the Yankees in as many days, as on Friday the Indians dealt outfielder Austin Kearns to New York.

The Indians will acquire a player-to-be-named later or cash from the Yankees.

Wood, who was just activated from the disabled list over the weekend, will be sent to New York to sure up the shaky Yankees bullpen. On the season, Wood has been battling injuries from the get-go of spring training, and his latest set-back was a blister on his right-index finger on his throwing hand.

This season, Wood has appeared in 23 games, sporting an ERA of 6.30, while picking up 8 saves in 20 innings of work. He has a record of 1-4 coming out of the Tribe bullpen.

This season was Wood’s second in Cleveland, after signing a big contract with the Indians before the 2009 season. In ’09, Wood saved 20 games for the Indians, working in 58 games with an ERA of 4.25. His most successful stint as a closer came in 2008 as a member of the Cubs, when he saved 34 games.

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com on his twitter account, the Yankees will be paying $1.5 million of $3.6 million left on wood’s 2010 salary.

Update: The amount of money the Yankees will pay of the salary could increase with the number of games Kerry Wood stays healthy, and on the Yankees active roster.

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