Is Kerry Wood on the Cubs Radar?

Could Kerry Wood return to the Cubs in 2011? Buried in a report from the Tribune about Carlos Marmol’s dominating season was an interesting blurb about Kerry Wood.

“Most believe the Cubs need one more veteran right-hander to help Andrew Cashner grow into the setup role, and one prominent free agent on the radar is ex-Cub Kerry Wood.”

Kerry Wood signed with the Indians in the winter of 2008 and struggled during his season and a half in Cleveland. Wood was dealt to the Yankees at the deadline and has dominated as the setup man to Mariano Rivera.

Wood is 2-0 in 23 games with a 0.36 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Wood has struck out 29 with 15 walks in 25 innings and has posted 10 holds in Yankee pinstripes.

Kerry Wood is on the final year of a two-year contract (with a club option) that he signed with the Indians two years ago. Wood earned $10.5 million this season and will not reach the incentives necessary to turn his club option into a guaranteed third year … Wood had to finish 55 games in 2009 or 2010 for the third year to become guaranteed.

Wood will become a free agent at season’s end.

According to the report from Paul Sullivan, “Wood, who still makes his home in Chicago, probably would have to accept a one-year deal with incentives because of his history of injuries. Marmol said the decision wasn’t his to make, but the idea of having someone like Wood sounds good.”

The Trib pointed out, “Whether Wood would accept a role as a setup man after serving as the team’s closer in 2008 is unknown, and he certainly will receive some offense to close. Hendry may have the former Cub on his short list of free agent relievers, especially if the price is right.”

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