It’s official – Kerry Wood is a member of the Cubs again. The 33-year old returns to the team that drafted him 4th overall in the 1995 draft. Wood was excited to be back in Chicago — “It’s never been about the money. It’s about being home and being here at Wrigley, which is home for me.” He will make $1.5 million in 2011 and he will also have incentive and award based bonuses that could up that figure.
After a rough year and a half with the Indians in Cleveland, Wood emerged as the New York Yankees most dependable set up man for closer Mariano Rivera down the stretch in 2010. In 24 appearances with the Yankees, Wood was 2-0 with a sparkling 0.69 ERA. He is still healthy and he is looking forward to performing in a set-up role out of the bullpen for Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.