Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:16 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 10:51 am
Kerry Wood and the Chicago Cubs belong together. And unless something weird happens, he will remain a Cub.
"If we can't figure this out, there's something wrong,'' Cubs president Theo Epstein said to Cubs writers Wednesday.
Which, if you think about it, is a pretty good tipoff Wood's staying home. Otherwise, Epstein is opening himself up to having admitted something's wrong. And other than Starlin Castro's legal troubles, Alfonso Soriano's untradeable contract, a minor-league system practically bereft of talent, and yes a few more things, what could be wrong?
One thing the Cubs can count on, though, is Wood, their former phenom turned reliable reliever and employee. Last winter, Wood forged his own to deal to return at Ron Santo's funeral, telling then GM Jim Hendry that day that he was inspired to remain a Cub, that he wanted to be a Cub. So Hendry found $1.5 million for Wood, and thus signed him to the one bargain contract of his tenure.
How much did Wood want to remain a Cub? Well, he passed on a chance to sign with the Yankees, allegedly for $6 million, or four times more than he took with the Cubs. The rumor of that day was that there was an informal agreement for Wood to remain a Cub employee forever.
Well, that's being tested now. Maybe just a little, anyway.