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He’s back, Chicago: Cubs close to deal with Kerry Wood

Dec 16, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

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Here’s an interesting one.

According to David Kaplan of Chicago Now, the Cubs are moving toward the finalization of a deal with free agent reliever Kerry Wood.

Wood spent the first 10 years of his professional career with the Cubbies and was a force in their starting rotation from 2001-2004.  But injuries hit him toward the end of the decade and he was forced to move to the bullpen.

Now 33 years old, the right-hander posted a 1.23 ERA and 0.69 WHIP over 26 innings this year for the Yankees.  He should do a fine job as a setup man for Carlos Marmol on the north side of Chicago in 2011.

It might have the feel of a bad PR move, but Wood has built himself into a reliable eighth-inning reliever and the Cubs have spent in worse ways and on worse players.

He was believed to be seeking a two-year contract worth $12 million.  As long as Jim Hendry and Co. didn’t go to three years, they can feel good about adding to a bullpen that was in need of an upgrade.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of is now confirming the report.  This baby is real.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    I hope this is one of those reports that doesn’t happen. I would love to see the Yankees be able to re-sign him. Although 2 years isn’t bad it’s the $12M that’s lot of money for a set up man.

  2. henryd3rd - Dec 16, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Woods would be better off in the National league. There is no DH and pitching to a pitcher in the ninth spot makes one’s life much much easier then facing some of those powerful lineup in the American League. Having said that if Woods feels he has a good shot at the World Series with the Cubs; please have him pee in the cup and then have it tested? That boy is delusional.

  3. pisano - Dec 16, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    I agree with uyf1950,if the Yankees can deal with him financially they should grab him. He was super reliable unlike the fat toad.(Joba) The Yankees should part ways with Joba and try to get something for him before his value drops even further.

    • henryd3rd - Dec 16, 2010 at 9:09 AM

      The Yanks screwed around with Chamberlain by trying to convert him into a starter and then sending him back to the bullpen. I still believe he can re-capture that swagger and confidence he displayed when he first came up. I would hate to see him succeed in another uniform

  4. phukyouk - Dec 16, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Job is deader than Saddam Hussein. Cashman is a moron for not bringing Wood back. i hate cashman more than i hate the Sox sometimes.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Dec 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    I’d rather have Carl Pavano back than THE FAT TOAD stay. Kerry Wood at $6M/yr? Take it out of petty cash and do it!

    • uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM

      Pavano’s a thief. He should be in jail for taking all that money and lying about his “various” injuries during his 4 years there.

  6. phukyouk - Dec 16, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Fat Toad?

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 16, 2010 at 1:08 PM

      Fat Toad=Joba Chamberlain

  7. fivetoolmike - Dec 16, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    The Ken Rosenthal link goes to a Jon Morosi tweet about Jesse Crain’s deal.

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