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Kerry Wood and Cubs interested in working out another deal

Nov 16, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

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Last offseason Kerry Wood turned down bigger offers to rejoin the Cubs and earlier this month he expressed interest in doing it again, saying that he liked the team’s move to hire Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

It sounds like the feeling is mutual, as Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Wood recently had a meeting with Epstein at a local pub and Hoyer was full of praise when discussing the 34-year-old reliever.

And it also helps that Wood had a very good season for the Cubs, throwing 51 innings with a 3.35 ERA and 57/21 K/BB ratio while earning just $1.5 million.

Levine writes that Wood left as much as $8 million on the table last winter, so presumably the two sides will be able to work something out again.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    This only makes too much sense. I hope Kerry has at least a few more years left in the tank with the Cubs. He’s an all-time favorite.

  2. blueintown - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Is Theo Epstein an alcoholic? Every story I read has him meeting players in Wrigleyville bars.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      “Bad form Peter, bad form.”

  3. cintiphil - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Ergo, beer in the Bosox dugout.

  4. cintiphil - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    To be really serious for a minute, how is Wood worth 10 Mil a year? The guy was a great pitcher for a couple of years, but now, I don’t think so. A 3.35 ERA is OK, but not great for a set up guy who mostly pitches one inning. He probably is worth 2.5-3 Mil in today’s market. Even if he closes, his ERA has to be under 2.0 for a 10 Mil contract.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:49 PM

      He had left a Bobby Jenks-size contract on the table when he came back to Chicago. And I am thankful for it.

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