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Kerry Wood likes Theo Epstein hire, wants to stay with Cubs

Nov 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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Despite a regime change that included his friend Jim Hendry being let go as general manager Kerry Wood still wants to stay with the Cubs.

Wood, who passed up bigger offers to sign a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Chicago last offseason, said yesterday on Comcast SportsNet Chicago that he liked the move to hire Theo Epstein and “we plan on getting together and talking a little bit and we just go from there.”

Wood threw 51 innings with a 3.35 ERA and 57/21 K/BB ratio this season, so assuming he’s willing to re-sign for a similarly below-market rate there’s really no reason for Epstein and company not to welcome him back. Wood has made it very clear that he wants to retire a Cub and they can certainly use a cheap and still very effective setup man.

  1. bigleagues - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Epstein reportedly looked at Wood more than once over the last couple of years as a target for bullpen depth . . . so it seems like a safe bet, if the money is right, Wood will be back in Chicago.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    I don’t care about most players, but I’ve always loved Kerry, and was crushed when he went to Cleveland, despite the injuries he has had.
    I want him to come back and stay here, and be a part of the organization for the rest of his playing career and beyond. He’s a terrific guy.

    • Kyle - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      Hope the deal gets done. Seems like a total win-win all the way. I love the way Wood has handled the tail end of his career by staying in with a team he’s connected to and keeping his family in one place.

      • Alex K - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:01 PM

        It helps that his wife is from Chicago.

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