Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We've Got Wood!

Kerry Wood and the Chicago Cubs agreed to terms on a 1 year, $4.2 million dollar deal on Monday, apparently turning down numerous multiyear offers in other cities. After shoulder problems side-lined him for much of last season, he returned to the bullpen and pitched 24 innings yielding a 3.33 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Wood has only pitched roughly 100 innings in the past 3 seasons due to injury problems, so the Cubs are hoping he can stay healthy and be a consistent righ-hander out of the pen. Part of the contract includes an estimated $3 million in incentives based on number of games finished.

Wood is expected to compete for the team's closer role when spring training begins, with Bob Howry and Carlos Marmol's names also mentioned as potential candidates. Last years closer, Ryan Dempster is expected to slide in to the #4 spot in the starting rotation, leaving Piniella with several options on organizing his bullpen.

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