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Kerry Wood talking with multiple clubs as deal with Cubs “far from done”

Jan 7, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Friday afternoon that the Cubs and Kerry Wood were getting closer on a one-year deal, but Jerry Crasnick of is hearing that the veteran right-hander is still talking to multiple clubs and that a deal with Chicago is “far from done.”

Wood left a lot of money on table last offseason to sign a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Cubs, but the 34-year-old reportedly wants a market value contract this winter after posting a 3.35 ERA and 57/21 K/BB ratio over 51 innings in 2011 while setting up for closer Carlos Marmol.

His opinion may have changed now that the club is headed for a full-scale rebuild, but Wood said after undergoing knee surgery last September that he would retire if the Cubs didn’t bring him back.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I guess that’s how the Cubs repay Wood for taking below market value to play for them last year.

    • henryd3rd - Jan 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Jim Hendry is gone and the New Kid Theo Epstein on the block has been known to trade icons, i.e., Manny, Nomar and Tito; so I don’t understand the fuss over an old reliever who can’t do the job. He should have taken the Yankees’ offer last year and he’d be sitting pretty right now.

    • pisano - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      uyf1950… I’ll bet he can kick himself in the ass for not resigning with the Yankees, as you said that’s how the Cubs repay his loyalty.

  2. sfm073 - Jan 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Is 3.35 really that good for a reliever?

    • chadjones27 - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      I’m surprised some sabermetric stat geek hasn’t come up with a better stat than ERA for relievers since ERA is basically a representation of 9 innings. Most relievers don’t see more than 1 inning. runs per inning?

  3. sleepyirv - Jan 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Love to see Wood back. Of course I’m sentimental in nature, I’m a Cubs fan. It was either sentimentality or alcoholism.

    • Old Gator - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      More likely it was that prion-vectored neurological disorder known in Indonesia as die Vloek van der Geitbok. Originally, you could only get it by eating brains, but it went airborne about 104 years ago.

      • cur68 - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        I understand that there might be a cure for that in the works. Some compound called the epstein-hoyer antibody. Still in preliminary testing of course, but a similar compound in another subject, with a closely related condition, was successful. Of course the host wound up rejecting the cure eventually, but the principal was sound. You know how it is with clinical trials: results might be years away.

  4. rundmc81 - Jan 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Sorry Kerry, wrong place at the wrong time.. You will always be a legend on the North Side but the baby bears are headed in a different direction

  5. glink123 - Jan 7, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Wood owes this franchise 4 years and $40 million worth of innings, considering how much he was paid from 2004 to 2008. The Cubs paid him more than $50 million over those 5 years, to win a TOTAL of 13 games. Yet the city and the team adore the guy. He’s a fool to sign anywhere else. He can be a member of that organization for life if he’s smart about this. Or he can be another Mark Grace. His choice.

    • dwick21 - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      Scott Boras does not agree with your logic

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