Kerry Wood earned his first win as a Yankee in last night’s 7-6 victory over the Rangers. Wood has shown he still has some bullets left in the chamber since being acquired at the trade deadline almost two weeks ago. As a Yankee, he is now 1-0 with a 1.48 earned run average and has nine strikeouts in just over six innings.
Additional deadline acquisitions Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns had crucial hits in the seventh inning of last night’s win. Kearns singled to put two on with one out for Berkman. The Big Puma hit a ground rule double, driving in Cano and advancing Kearns, who scored on the proceeding single by Brett Gardner to cut the Rangers’ lead to 6-4. Thames eventually overshadowed the big seventh inning with a homer the next inning and a two-run single in the ninth to win the game 7-6.
Berkman, Kearns and Wood were contributors to last night’s comeback, but the verdict on GM Brian Cashman’s deadline decisions is still unfolding. Berkman has been abysmal at the plate and Kearns has not yet shown he is a better option than Curtis Granderson against lefty pitchers. Wood had a bad game against Toronto last week, but he has put up impressive numbers thus far.
In a review of notable Yankee acquisitions near the trade deadline over the last eight seasons the results have been mixed. While Aaron Boone hit one of the most memorable moon shots in Yankee history, Estaban Loaiza allowed a homer that serves as a haunting reminder of the Red Sox unprecedented comeback the next year. Players like Xavier Nady and Bobby Abreu fit right in when they joined the club, while Al Leiter and Gabe White could not get the job done out of the pen. Players like Jerry Hairston Jr. and Jose Molina were serviceable role players down the stretch.
Of the 15 players listed below, five of them remained with the Yankees the following season. The players are listed with their stats strictly with the Yankees the season they were acquired.
2010: Lance Berkman (.176, 3 RBI, 3 R), Austin Kearns (.273, 0 RBI, 2 R), Kerry Wood (1.48 ERA, 6.1 IP, 9 SO)
2009: Jerry Hairston Jr. (.237, 12 RBI, 15 R)
2008: Damaso Marte (5.40 ERA, 18.1 IP, 24 SO), Xavier Nady (.268, 12 HR, 40 RBI), Ivan Rodriguez (.219, 3 RBI, 11 R)
2007: Jose Molina (.318, 9 RBI, 9 R)
2006: Bobby Abreu (.330, 7 HR, 42 RBI, 37 R)
2005: Shawn Chacon (7-3, 2.85 ERA, 79 IP), Al Leiter (4-5, 5.49 ERA, 62.1 IP)
2004: Esteban Loaiza (1-2, 8.50 ERA, 42.1 IP)
2003 : Armando Benitez (1.93 ERA, 9.1 IP, 10 SO), Aaron Boone (.254, 31 RBI, 6 HR), Gabe White (4.38 ERA, 12.1 IP, 6 SO)