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Phillies among teams with interest in Kerry Wood

Jan 8, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported Saturday that free agent right-hander Kerry Wood is no longer a lock to re-sign with the Cubs and has begun speaking to other teams. Now we have even more details.

Crasnick reported moments ago that the Phillies are among the clubs with interest in Wood, and may get aggressive if veteran setup man Jose Contreras fails to make significant progress within the next few weeks from his September elbow surgery.

Wood posted a solid 3.35 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 57/21 K/BB ratio in 51 innings last season for the Cubs. He accepted a team-friendly one-year, $1.5 million contract last offseason to return to Chicago, but may have been turned off this winter by the Theo Epstein-led rebuilding movement. The 34-year-old would probably like to join the bullpen of a contending team, and the Phillies certainly fit that bill.

  1. Kyle - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I always thought Wood was signing team-friendly Cubs deals to keep his family in Chicago. Has anyone read anything from Kerry showing he’s changed his mind and would like to join a contender?

  2. jason1214 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:29 PM


    No, but I suspect Cubs more interested in 1-yr deal, than multi yr

  3. pisano - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    That move last year to give a discount to stay with the Cubs is really going to cost him now, especially with Theo running the show. Theo has no allegiance to Wood and as we all know, it’s all about a dollar. Good luck to Wood, it seems he’s going to need it.

  4. garryfish - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    The Yankees could use him.

    • bigharold - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      A lot of teams could use him. But, I don’t think the Yankees need him. They have Rivera, Sioriano, Robertson and Chamberlain will be back. Wood likely isn’t going to want to get in that line because unless somebody is injured he’s not going to get a lot of opportunities. If he was a lefty or a starter I could see the Yankees taking a serious look at him.

      I think the Red Sox actually need him more. But, it looks like they’ve settled on Bailey. I doubt that Wood is interested in setting up for Bailey. And, it appears that the RS are not looking to commit much in terms of salary resources to the BP.

      It depends on what Wood thinks his role should be. Does he want to close or just set up? Wood likely wouldn’t have a problem setting up for a guy like Rivera, but the Yankees have a capable bunch in the BP. He doesn’t appear to be a good fit for the Yankees. Even the Phillies might not be a good fit. He might be a bit too old and too expensive for them to give the type of commitment he’s looking for.

      • Old Gator - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM

        Rivera is a broken down old man who can’t talk. I’d only hang on to him because he’s the un-Slobbering Ozzie in his present audially challenged condition.He’s finished. Used up, Burned out. Reified. Bench ballast.

        As far as Wood, what are these people thinking – using his major medical deductible as a tax loss? Are they thinking “we can rebuild him. We can make him better than he was…”?

  5. bigharold - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    “Rivera is a broken down old man who can’t talk. I’d only hang on to him because he’s the un-Slobbering Ozzie in his present audially challenged condition.He’s finished. Used up, Burned out. Reified. Bench ballast.”

    Yeah, .. you might have a point. I’m thinking the only reason the Cashman keeps him around is because he bulk purchased Rivera’s uniforms and doesn’t want to see that money go to waste. And, by the number of dreaded disapproving thumbs down I’m thinking that there are a lot of people around here that lack a healthy appreciation of sarcasm.

    • Old Gator - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      The appreciation of sarcasm is not healthy. It is, if anything, diseased.But since I grew up reading pathology-obsessed high modernists like Thomas Mann, Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, Italo Svevo and D. H. Lawrence – as did Bart Giamatti, speaking of chain smokers – I had long since concluded that life without disease would be a mistake.

      And I don’t dread thumbs down. I’m a gladiator. It’s just a routine cost of doing business.

      • crisisjunky - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:25 AM

        Saw the movie Contagion tonight…. Paltrow dies, Damon lives….
        now that’s unhealthy sarcasm.

      • henryd3rd - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:56 AM

        You tell him!

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    What ever happened to its the Cubs or retirement?

    • henryd3rd - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      The thought of having to spend all that time home acting like a normal human being and not a superstar scared the hell out of him.

  7. muckthefets23 - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I think the desire to win is what happened to “it’s the Cubs or retirement.” The glory of winning a championship is the reason the game is played…. Or something like that.

  8. chaseutley - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Kerry Wood is a decent pitcher on an bad team, but he wets the bed any time the pressure is on. (ask an Indians fan) I hope we don’t sign this guy.

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