12/16 Could Wood come back?

There are multiple reports that the Cubs could be wrapping up a deal with free agent Kerry Wood. The White Sox reportedly offered the right-hander a two-year contract, but then signed Jesse Crain. Wood, who was originally drafted by the Cubs, had reportedly been seeking a two-year, $12 million deal, which would not appear to be a good fit for the cost-conscious team. The Cubs are well-versed in Wood’s medical history — he’s been on the disabled list 14 times in his career because of his shoulder, elbow, back and blisters. The 33-year-old right-hander isn’t going to strike out 20 in a game but was effective in short relief with the Yankees last season, compiling a 0.69 ERA in 24 games (two earned runs in 26 innings, 31 strikeouts). As a starter, he has a career 71-55 record with a 3.69 ERA, and as a reliever, he’s 12-13 with 62 saves (including 34 with the Cubs in 2008) and a 3.45 ERA.

The Cubs do want an experienced right-hander in the bullpen to compliment lefty Sean Marshall, and Wood would welcome coming back to Wrigley Field. He lives in Chicago year-round.

— Carrie Muskat

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