According to a report from Bruce Levine, Kerry Wood would be welcomed back to the Cubs to help a “young and improving bullpen” … if Jim Hendry has enough room on his payroll for next season. Levine explained the Cubs need “three major elements to contend for the NL Central in 2011.” A left-handed RBI bat, a starting pitcher and a late inning reliever (seventh or eighth) to setup for Carlos Marmol.
Many think the Yankees will try to re-sign Wood even after declining his $11 million option for 2011 earlier in the week. Kerry Wood spent two seasons away from the team that picked him in the first round of the 1995 draft (fourth overall pick). Wood was 3-3 in 58 games in 2009 with the Indians … 20-for-26 in save opportunities with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
Last season Wood posted a 1-4 record with eight saves (three blown) in 23 games for Cleveland before being dealt to the Yankees at the trade deadline. Wood thrived as the set-up man to Mariano Rivera and was 2-0 in 24 games with a 0.69 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP (10 holds, one blown save). Wood struck out 31 and walked 18 in 26 innings.
Levine mentioned “The intangible of Wood’s leadership and street cred with the Cubs’ fan base would make re-signing Wood a win-win for the team and the player.”
Kerry Wood has a tear in his right shoulder that he has been pitching with for the past four seasons.
Stay Tuned …