Is Kerry Wood on the Cubs’ Radar?

According to a report from Nick Cafardo in the Boston Globe, Kerry Wood is drawing interest from the Chicago Cubs. Cafardo listed the Twins and the Cubs as possible destinations for Wood.

Kerry Wood is owed a lot of money for the upcoming season ($10.5 million) and has a rather large vesting option for the final year his three-year contract. Wood’s $11 million club option for 2011 becomes guaranteed if Wood finishes 55 games in 2010. Carfardo pointed out the Indians would have to pick up a good portion of his remaining contract to trade him to either the Twins or Cubs.

Since Angel Guzman’s season-ending, and career-threatening, injury was made public on March 6, the rumor mill went into overdrive about the possibility of Kerry Wood returning to the Cubs. As Bruce Levine has pointed out on several occasions, the Cubs have little to no room in their payroll for 2010 to add a setup man with a $10.5 million price tag.

The other concern with adding Kerry Wood in any role other than a closer is the amount of times a set-up man is used during a season … not to mention all of the up and down in the pen that is associated with being a Major League setup man. With Wood’s injury history he could not be used as a setup man due to the toll it would take on his shoulder.

Kerry Wood was scratched from a scheduled one-inning outing on Saturday due to soreness in his right arm. According to a report from Paul Hoynes (via Rotoworld), the Indians labeled Wood’s arm issue as “spring training soreness.” The Indians are not concerned.

While most would like to see Kerry Wood back in a Cubs’ uniform, his contract and the role in the pen the Cubs need to fill do not appear to be a fit.

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