12/16 Wood close to return
It looks like Kid K is coming back. Kerry Wood, who went from a hard-throwing starter to closer with the Cubs, is close to signing a one-year contract with the team. The Chicago Sun-Times said Thursday the deal was for $1.5 million. No formal announcement was expected Thursday.
Wood was effective in short relief with the Yankees this season, compiling a 0.69 ERA in 24 games and giving up two earned runs over 26 innings and striking out 31. He would complement lefty Sean Marshall in the Cubs bullpen and provide an experienced right-hander to set up closer Carlos Marmol. The addition of Wood could prompt the team to move Andrew Cashner from the ‘pen to the rotation.
The right-hander needed to pass a physical and contract details had to be finalized before the deal could be made official. GM Jim Hendry is well-versed in Wood’s medical history. The right-hander has been on the disabled list 14 times in his career because of his shoulder, elbow, back and blisters.
– Carrie Muskat