It looks like Kerry Wood will be ending his career with the team that he started with – the Chicago Cubs. Wood wanted to end his career in Chicago as he and his wife have decided to make Chicago their permanent home. The Cubs have tentatively agreed to a 1-year, $1.5 million deal. There are still performance and award bonuses to be worked out, but assuming he passes his physical, Wood will be in a Cubs uniform in 2011 and hopefully beyond until he decides to retire.
This is GREAT news for the Cubs. After the Ryne Sandberg fallout, it’s great to see that the Cubs are willing to work with past stars. Plus, because of the low dollar amount on the deal, the Cubs should still be able to add another reliever to the fold with their limited budget. Wood will also serve as a great role model and mentor for young pitchers like Andrew Cashner, James Russell, Scott Maine and Justin Berg. The move also gives Manager Mike Quade some flexibility in being able to move Cashner to a starting rotation spot if the Cubs do not sign or trade for a starting pitcher this winter. And if they do sign a new starter, then the Cubs will have a nice deep bullpen with Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, John Grabow, Wood and Cashner.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as this gets finalized in the coming days.