Joel Sherman of the New York Post had an interesting blog entry on Saturday titled, “HOW BYRD LED YANKS TO CLAIM CARTER”
Here’s what he wrote:
By JOEL SHERMAN
One reason the Yankees put in a claim for Chris Carter was because of Paul Byrd. Stick with us here.
Byrd spent most of this season as a free agent and the Yankees were negotiating with him around midseason to bring him in as rotation insurance, a source told The Post. The Yanks were told by Byrd that they were his first choice, the source said. However, the Yanks refused Byrd’s request to be assured of a Sept. 1 promotion.
So Byrd signed earlier this month with the Red Sox.
When the Yanks learned that Carter was one of the players that was going to the Mets in the Billy Wagner deal, they claimed Carter him on waivers and forced Boston to pull the outfielder/first baseman back. One reason was they assumed Boston had to make the same deal with Byrd — to bring him up on Sept. 1 — that the Yanks refused. So that meant Byrd has to be put on the 40-man roster. So the Yanks figured they could cause some 40-man roster havoc for their main nemesis by forcing Carter back on the 40-man, as well, at a time when Wagner, too, had to be added and Daisuke Matsuzaka is close to coming back from the 60-day DL.
Speaking of Byrd, he’s in Scranton but has been pulled from Saturday’s scheduled start in a doubleheader against the Triple-A Yankees. Nobody is saying much, but it leads to speculation that Paul is being held back just in case he is needed in Boston.
Charlie Zink will take Byrd’s place and start in Game 1. Billy Traber will start Game 2.
I hope you’ll join us for the radio call, beginning with the pre-game show at 5:20 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.