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Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:51 pm
 
Kerry WoodBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs have signed reliever Kerry Wood to a one-year deal worth $3 million with a club option for 2013, the team announced at the Cubs Convention in Chicago on Friday.

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Wood, 34, was 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 55 games for the Cubs last season, recording a save. He struck out 57 batters in 51 innings, walking 21. Wood was also being pursued by the Phillies, but elected to stay with the Cubs.

Since coming up with the Cubs as a starter in 1998, Wood has transitioned into a bullpen weapon, appearing in 258 games as a reliever over the last seven seasons, going 15-18 with a 3.43 ERA with 294 strikeouts in 254 2/3 innings.  He has 63 career saves, serving as the Cubs closer in 2008 and for the Indians in 2009 and 2010.

The announcement was made at the Cubs Convention and greeted with cheers by the crowd.

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Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

Good move.




Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:14 pm
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

As a Cardinal fan I love watching the Cubs lose and enjoy bashing them.  But I have to admit, Kerry Wood is a class act.  He'll join Spalding, Banks, Anson, Brown and other truly great Cubs legends.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:45 pm
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

Sometimes, I wonder about the intelligence of the Cub fans.
Well said box truck - especially when you followed it up with

The Cubs will be fun to watch in 2012; they will play good fundamental baseball; they may not win a great deal of games, but the future sure looks brighter for all of us as Cub fans.
You have absolutely nothing to back this up with except for the blind faith you have as a Cub fan in Theo & Company. I do not have that kind of blind faith that there will be fundamentally sound baseball displayed by a poor fielding SS and LF and unknowns at 1B and 3B and RF. How this group will gel defensively is anyone's guess - but, enjoy the faith brother. Enjoy the faith.



Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:06 pm
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

Break up the Cubs.  An aging, injury prone releiver should make the difference in them winning 59 games instead of 58.  I can only assume this is a signing to trade for prospects at the break.  Some team will be looking for bullpen help and if Wood is healthy, and if he is pitching well they might be able to get a below average prospect for him.  On second thought, this is pretty inconsequential...and Wood is due for another injury.



Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:00 am
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

It's nice that the Cubs gave Kerry Wood the opportunity to return to the team he originally broke into the Major Leagues with.He could've signed with Philidelphia but chose not to.Also the fans appear to be behind the move judging from their reaction at the Cubs Convention.Hopefully he finds his niche in the Cubs 'pen & things work out for both the Cubs & Kerry Wood.He still has the stuff to fan hitters at a slightly better than 1 per IP ratio. 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:42 am
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

Wood will be a releiver and unofficial bull pen coach.


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Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:06 pm
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Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

A true Cub fan would realize that this was a great re-sign for the Cub organization.  Sometimes, I wonder about the intelligence of the Cub fans.  Marmol will only get better as a closer; Wood is a perfect setup man; and the pitching staff will certainly be deeper and stronger with the additional arms signed.  Finally, when will Cub fans realize that Fielder is no longer an option.  He does not fit the philosophy of Theo (a big contract over a number of year's) and they have already signed their first baseball of the future.  The one thing that I would still like to see happen is one last big deal for a new left fielder.  I'm sure Theo is trying to make this happen, but dumping that contract is got to be a tough sell.  The Cubs will be fun to watch in 2012; they will play good fundamental baseball; they may not win a great deal of games, but the future sure looks brighter for all of us as Cub fans.



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:20 pm
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

EmbarassedCoolMoney mouthhes a good closer with sean marshall gone hes there guy cause carlos marmol will lose the job



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:14 am
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

Gotta love the way Theo Epstein and Kerry Wood clearly played this up all week long for emotionally driven Cubs fans. Oooh... let's let the fans sweat it out, leaking rumors that their beloved Kerry Wood is getting offers from other teams, including the rival Reds. Oooh... will Kerry miss the convention? Oh no Surprised Then Theo and Kerry deliver on that Gotcha moment by having the "Big" announcement during the hyped up Cubs Convention thrilling the fans and sending Cub Nation into a tizzy. Nicely played boys. But, it would have been a REAL thrill if you had announced the signing of an IMPACT player - say Prince Fielder, rather than the lovable, but only slightly above average set-up man. 


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