Is that Kerry Wood in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

Add another pitcher to the Electric Stuff! pile. Cashman has acquired Kerry Wood.

The acquisition sounds like another case of scouting versus stats, because Wood has eaten corn the long way this season. To his defense, he’s only pitched 20 innings, but that’s because he’s been on the DL twice. He’s walked 4.95 batters per nine innings, which is higher than anyone on the Yankees’ staff. His strikeouts are down by over 2 per nine innings compared to 2009. His xFIP is a ballooned 5.04.

The last time the Yankees relied on scouting to acquire a reliever was with the late Chan Ho Park, in which they basically ignored a career’s worth of stats. That didn’t work out well.

It’s a low cost (it’s only money) acquisition, but we wouldn’t let Wood touch important situations until he proves himself. If he has been obtained for high-leverage situations, this is a move that could easily backfire.