Yankees Send Two To Indians, Complete Wood Deal

The Yankees sent righty Andrew Shive and infielder Matt Cusick to Cleveland to complete the Kerry Wood trade, according to Marc Carig of the Star Ledger (on Twitter). Wood, who pitched two scoreless innings last night, has provided manager Joe Girardi with a stable bridge to Mariano Rivera since the Yankees acquired him July 31st.

Not only did Wood post a 0.69 ERA with 10.7 K/9 in 24 regular season appearances, he has been outstanding in the playoffs. Wood has allowed one run in six playoff games and has struck out seven. If there's one blemish on the righty's Yankee record, it's that he allowed 18 walks in 26 regular season innings.

Shive, who turns 25 next month, has not yet pitched above A-ball. He posted a 4.56 ERA with more walks than strikeouts between two levels this year after missing the entire 2009 campaign. Cusick, 24, hit .243/.318/.342 in the upper minors this year. He has split his time between second and third base since the Astros selected him in the tenth round of the 2007 draft. The Indians don't acquire much in the way of prospects, but they did save money in the deal.


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  1. Bernaldo 5 years ago

    Wow! Two non-prospects as PTBNL. Pretty clear that this was just a salary clearing deal for the Cleveland. Still, after his performance with the Yankees, one might they would have gotten at least one guy for Kerry Wood who had a genuine shot at the bigs.

    • Vmmercan 5 years ago

      You don’t get players for how they perform on the next team….Wood wasn’t anywhere in the same hemisphere on the Indians as he is on the Yankees…Right down to the fact he’s actually on the field and not the DL.

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      What exactly don’t you like about Andrew Shive. Whats not to like?

      • andrewyf 5 years ago

        “Shive, who turns 25 next month, has not yet pitched above A-ball. He posted a 4.56 ERA with more walks than strikeouts between two levels this year after missing the entire 2009 campaign.”

        That’s as much of a non-prospect as you can be.

        • azdsnd 5 years ago

          I think you fell into the sarchasm.

        • moonraker45 5 years ago

          he’s a late bloomer.. They are already calling him the heir to Mariano’s throne.

          • Slopeboy 5 years ago

            “Mariano’s Throne’ isn’t that the name of a bar in Newark? Now that’s an inheritence!!

  2. baseballz 5 years ago

    Shive defenitly sounds like a non-prospect soon to be released at that age. Wood must of really had people worried at the time of that deal. Still, good job Cashman

  3. azdsnd 5 years ago

    Mark one under the “Win” column for Brian Cashman. Not that there was any risk in the deal with this outgoing package and their cash-flow.

  4. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    Yeah the thing about GB pitchers is that it’s usually something mechanical. The opposite of that is a pitcher who throws 91 mph with only avg offspeed stuff that does well in the lower ranks and then gets shelled in AAA. That being said it wouldn’t shock me if McAllister rebounded next year and I wish him well. With Nova, Noesi, Mitchell, Banuelos, Brakcman, Betances and Warren all at AA or AAA next year I guess maybe he was expendable. Even so I was questioning if Kearns could’ve had w/o giving McAllister up?

  5. Sleepykarl 5 years ago

    btw, Shive hasn’t been above high A yet because he just got back from a 2-year TJ rehab moreso than him not having decent stuff.

  6. kmandingo 5 years ago

    It was a 99% salary dump for the Indians period. No need to analyze anything. Shive gets to pitch his way through another year or two of this depression and then enter the job market like everyone else. Maybe hook up with some hedge fund thieves and teach their yuppie larva how to pitch for $40 a half hour. At least he got play professional baseball.

  7. dieselman 5 years ago

    Another example of the “brilliance” of Mark Shapiro. Maybe next he can trade Carmona for another A-ball non-prospect?

    Heck, at this rate, he can get the Indians’ payroll down to < $1 million for the whole team. Maybe loose 162 games in a year. The prospects are endless!

    • Patattack 5 years ago

      Except Shapiro isn’t the GM anymore…

      • dieselman 5 years ago

        Nope, “just” president of operations. No control at all…

        • Patattack 5 years ago

          Shapiro won’t have have control in the players acquired in a trade. That’s Antonetti’s job. He doesn’t have control of the payroll either. That’s what the Dolans say it will be. Shapiro will have input in the areas most likely, but he will not be the one making the decisions on either one of those aspects.

      • dieselman 5 years ago

        Nope, “just” president of operations. No control at all…

  8. You know what’s really funny? Shapiro is supposed to be a sharp, Jewish baseball mensch. Oy veh ist mir! Hardly the case!
    Nothing could be further than the truth! If it was, why hasn’t the Tribe gross payroll given them a role in ALCS like the Rangers, who have nearly as equal the same gross team payroll? That’s how you measure success!

    The Tribe’s only hope is to get a baseball man like Jacobs! But with that cheapskate Dolan around, this team isn’t going anywhere!

    A Cleveland fan since ’48…

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      Well he did have a team that made it within 1 game of the WS in 2007 I beleive. That accounts for something. Shapiro can’t pitch can he?

      Shapiro has proven himself to be one thing. A good evaluator of talent in other peoples organization. That’s great when it comes to trading your valuables for unproven prospects. Where he sucks, and never seems to get the blame he deserves, is when it comes to evaluating and drafting amateur players. I don’t think he’s drafted 1 single player other than Ben Francisco and Jeremy Sowers that has held a regular spot on the Indians roster. I’m not sure what his role was back in ’98 when CC was drafted but he was the only fruit from their draft in the last 12 years or so. Vmart and Carmona were amateur free agents that he may have signed. But for someone w/ a rep for being a great talent guy he hasn’t done a great job in his past drafts.

  9. destiny_driven 5 years ago

    Since the Yankees got Wood on a “try and buy” before they had to name compensation, I would have thought that they would have at least taken care of the Indians, since Wood has been just what the doctor ordered. Basically, they dumped two stiffs on the Tribe. I understand all about the salary dumping aspect, but the Yankees have long been a clearing house for overpaid veterans. At least they could have anteed up a middle of the road prospect.

    Had Wood not have been lights out down the stretch, they might not have won the Wild Card. All of that playoff revenue garnered from those hugely over priced tickets more than made up for what Wood cost them in salary.

  10. mbovasso 5 years ago

    Wood has a $11M option that Cash won’t pick up as a bullpen bridge. Especially with FA Jeter, Pettite, Mo & Lee.

    Although I would hate to see him wind up at Fenway as a Red Sox.

  11. mbovasso 5 years ago

    Wood has a $11M option that Cash won’t pick up as a bullpen bridge. Especially with FA Jeter, Pettite, Mo & Lee.

    Although I would hate to see him wind up at Fenway as a Red Sox.

  12. Sniderlover 5 years ago

    He is hardly a top prospect anymore.

  13. Sleepykarl 5 years ago

    McAllister was the poster child for expendable. Dozens of arms passed him in the NY system and his value absolutely plummeted when the gb specialist stop getting ground balls, hence why he got destroyed in AAA.

  14. Hermie13 5 years ago

    I don’t think anyone is disagreeing with that. But it was a win-win for both clubs. As said, McAllister’s value dropped (though he’s young in his first stint in AAA), and he’s blocked by a lot in NY.

    All Cleveland gave up though, was a $800K backup OFer in Austin Kearns who isn’t a Type B free agent.

    Again, win-win for both clubs.

    Same thing with the Wood deal. Tribe saved like $3M on the deal. Wood wasn’t going to be offered arby even if he was a Type B. So the Tribe was going to have to pay him all his salary and get nothing for him. This way, they saved cash (and then spent a ton on the draft by the way) and got a couple depth guys.

    win-win for both clubs.

  15. Hermie13 5 years ago

    I think “steal” for the Yanks is a bit much.

    Wood was good….then again, he was a setup guy and they paid a lot of money for 2 months of that.

    Heck, most people thought the Tribe was only going to get cash and no players.

    A definitely win for the Yanks…..but the Tribe did not lose in this deal.

    Even if you combine the Kearns-Wood deals…..Tribe did not lose. They definitely “won”. As I said, win-win for both clubs.

    The only losers here were the teams that didn’t try and get Wood that needed bullpen help. Twins gave up a lot for Capps….could have gotten Wood for less and probably been just as well off.

  16. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    A younger repacement for Westbrook?

  17. Sleepykarl 5 years ago

    I agree completely, no team is upset with the results. It just confuses me when someone argues McAllister as a top arm type guy. The Yankees gave up nothing(as they have deep pockets) and the Tribe saved some money and got a cheap #5 to hold a spot until they are ready to compete.

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