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Kerry Wood should probably keep a bag packed all season

Feb 24, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

The Plain Dealer has a story this morning about Indians’ closer Kerry Wood and the flashing red neon “trade bait” sign floating over his head. He makes $10.5 million this year on a team that doesn’t look to contend and which has no compunction about dumping salary. If he finishes 55 games, an $11 million option for next year vests. The odds of that coming to pass are akin to Damon’s Gold Glove contract incentive paying off.

In the meantime, he’s the Indians’ closer, and they’re going to try to get as much out of him as possible:

Acta says he’ll use Wood in more four-out save situations. He did it twice last year, saving one game and blowing another. “With Kerry’s experience as a starter, we feel he can handle that,” said Acta.

Said Wood, “We talked about that Monday. Manny said he’s not opposed to
a four or five-out save. Obviously, it won’t happen a lot, but I’m not
opposed to that.”

How sad is it that we’ve reached a point where a closer getting four or five outs is such an oddity that it’s worth mentioning.

  1. Ben - Feb 24, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Hi Craig (Mr. Calcaterra, whichever you prefer) I’ve been following you ever since Shysterball. You’re one of the funniest baseball writers and can always get a laugh out of me. I’m really happy you finally got your dream job of being a baseball writer. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I’m always reading your posts even if I don’t always comment and that I am a huge fan. Also, do you really think that anyone would trade for Wood without the Indians eating up a big part of his contract?

  2. Sakura - Feb 24, 2010 at 10:32 AM

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  3. BTfromVT - Feb 24, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Hey Ben your last name happen to be Dover? cause thats some serious ass kissing, nah just kidding Craigs does a great job. As for Wood, the indians would eat 9.5 mil to save 1 mil but my guess is he stays, hes no better than any closer out there and he’d be a pretty crappy set up guy, maybe the cubs for sentimental reasons only.

  4. BC - Feb 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Perfect strategy by the Indians. Throw a bunch of five-out saves at Wood, blow his arm out by June, and the option won’t kick in. Pure genius!!

  5. Old Gator - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Craig, I understand your sadness, but we live in an era of specialization. You may be a tad myopic in seeing this as strictly a baseball problem, but when that first Neanderthal decided to limit himself to soothsaying and dancing around like an idiot to attract mammoths to the edge of the cliff, the die was cast.
    .
    Of course, if that first shaman had been Kevin Gregg, he would have attracted a Smilodon instead, and probably a pack of dire wolves too, so it’s highly likely that modern relief pitchers contain almost no Gregg mitochondrial DNA whatsoever. We’ll have to recover evidence of it from mosquitos fossilized in amber. We do still have the recessive gene problem, so many of them still sound like Neanderthals (ie, your ole buddy John Rocker) or look like Neanderthals (Al Hrabosky, for example). Except for Gregg, anyway, who appears totally Cro-magnon but locates his pitches like a Neanderthal.
    .
    If I have insulted any fundamentalists by propounding this Darwinian theory of the descent of relief specialists, I must of course demur and admit that the whole thing was just a joke. We all know that there’s no such thing as mitochondrial DNA, just as we know that there’s no such thing as global warming. There are only interglacial periods.

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