Yanks set to send Wright to Orioles (PETER BOTTE AND BILL MADDEN, 11/11/06, NY DAILY NEWS)
Rather than buy out the final year of Wright’s contract, the Yankees are in the process of shipping the righthander to Baltimore.
The Yankees had Wright under contract for 2007 for $7 million, but had an option to buy him out for $4 million. The Bombers aren’t going to bring Wright back, but will manage to get something for him by trading him to the Orioles. They’ll receive a top prospect or a player on Baltimore’s 25-man roster – in which case the Yankees would pay $4 million of Wright’s salary.
In essence, it would be the same as if the Yankees bought out the contract – but with the Orioles sending a player to the Yankees to ensure that they could get Wright for one year at $3 million, rather than having the veteran hit the open market.
First they kill Lidle, then get real players for these two, what next? Someone takes Pavano off their hands?
O’s agree to trade for Wright: Reliever Britton headed to New York in exchange for hard-throwing starter (Jeff Zrebiec, November 12, 2006, Baltimore Sun)
The Orioles have agreed to trade reliever Chris Britton to the New York Yankees for starting pitcher Jaret Wright and cash, according to two team sources. […]
Orioles officials were impressed by Wright’s velocity down the stretch as his fastball was consistently clocked between 92 and 95 mph, a sign that Wright’s always worrisome pitching shoulder was fine.
Britton, a 23-year-old right-hander who was the Orioles’ eighth-round selection in the 2001 draft, was possibly the team’s second-best reliever as a rookie this past season behind closer Chris Ray . Britton was 0-2 with a 3.35 ERA and one save in 52 games.
However, team officials were concerned about Britton’s lack of command of a second pitch behind his fastball, and they also were worried about ongoing conditioning problems.
Britton is kind of Charlie Kerfeld redux, but can you really be more worried about him physically than Wright?