The Yankees made it one of their priorities to add a reliever to the team at the trade deadline. Octavio Dotel of the Pirates has been on fire this season. There was speculation that the Yankees may have been in on Dotel earlier in the season but that has all fallen apart.
The Yankees considered him a bad addition to the clubhouse, when he was with the team in 2006. The Yankees have a great atmosphere in the clubhouse with people like Burnett and Swisher. Bringing in a grumpy player like Dotel will only make things worse. It only takes one bad apple to spoil a bunch and the Yankees do not want that.
Originally, the Yankees' No. 1 option was Joakim Soria of the Kansas City Royals, but he is reportedly not available. The Royals will be holding onto him and hope to try and get rid of a former Yankee reliever, Kyle Farnsworth.
The latest news is that the Yankees are on the verge of obtaining their reliever. This time, it will be former Cubs standout and Indians closer Kerry Wood. Buster Onley has tweeted that Kerry Wood could soon be joining the Yankees.
This rumor was also confirmed by the New York Post's Joel Sherman. He believes that this will definitely provide a safety net for Joba Chamberlain. Likewise is believed by other Major League Baseball scouts.
Kevin Davidoff has assured that Kerry Wood will be a Yankee. He also notes that this is the end of the Yankees Trade Deadline shopping.
Update: The Indians will cover a significant portion of Wood's deal according to Joel Sherman.