Sentiment has apparently scored another victory over money, as Kerry Wood will return to his original team and apparently leave a lot of money on the table in the process.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Wood has agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal to go back to the Cubs, his team from 1998-2008. Assuming there aren't some big incentives built in, that's a huge discount that according to the report "surprised even the Cubs." Wood turned down a reported one-year, $3.5 million deal on the other side of Chicago and had multi-year offers from the Yankees and Red Sox.
Wood, who was Rookie of the Year (shortly after posing for this picture) and made the All-Star team as both a starter and closer for the Cubs, split last season between the Indians and Yankees. After an early-season back injury, the reliever had a rough go in Cleveland, posting a 6.30 ERA. After the trade, however, he was a new man -- 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in 24 appearances. He'll probably be a setup man on the North Side.
-- David Andriesen