Nov 16, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT
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.
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