Cubs Relieved Wood Remains Top Reliever in 2012 Bullpen – Wrigley Field 1/16/12

Posted on 16 January 2012 by Lou

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After a riveting Cubs Convention this past weekend, Cubs Chariman Tom Ricketts indicated that he was very pleased that Theo, Jed and Kerry’s team were able to work out a deal that would keep Wood on the north side for 2012 and hopefully the rest of his career.  After giving the Cubs a “bargain” $1.5 million deal in 2011, Wood decided that he wasn’t ready to retire and that although he wanted to stay with the Cubs, he also wanted to be compensated appropriately.  He left $10 million on the table in 2011 for a deal with the White Sox and he left $5 million on the table from a deal with the Red Sox.  He wasn’t going to do that again in 2012.  While Woods was close to signing with another team (so much so that he almost took a physical for that team), Ricketts stepped in at the end to help get the 1-year, $3 million deal done so that Wood could be a part of the weekend’s convention festivities…

Ricketts had this to say – “I’m not sure why the timing ended up the way it did… Theo’s pretty communicative. We talk about all player decisions and Kerry’s no exception to that.  We definitely talked about it. And we talked about what was the best for the organization and (signing Wood) was it… In the end, it works out great.  This is exactly what everybody wanted.  Every fan and everybody in the organization, and also Kerry.”

Good job guys.  Jeff Samardzija, Wood and Closer Carlos Marmol are going to need to bring their A-games in 2012 if the Cubs want to make a run at the weak NL Central division crown.  They are going to need everything they can milk out of these 3 guys…

 

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