1/12 Wood, Cubs still talking

Kerry Wood has said he’d like to reach a decision by Friday. Can he and the Cubs work it out?

“Players have the right to make choices in their careers,” Epstein said Thursday at Wrigley Field where he spoke to students from Agassiz Elementary School. “If they sign somewhere else, it doesn’t mean they’re disloyal or anything else. There are a lot of factors that go into it with someone’s career and livelihood. But teams have to make choices, too, about what’s best for the organization as a whole over the long haul.

“When you have a player the team wants and a situation the player wants [to return], you need to sit down and really try to work it out,” Epstein said. “A lot of times it does work out, sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, you move on.

“There are always other opportunities, always other teams for the player,” he said. “In this case, I know it’s important to the fans, and for baseball reasons, we’d like to work this out. He can be a real contributor to our bullpen this year.”

Wood is hosting a fundraiser at Harry Caray’s on Navy Pier Friday night, scheduled to begin after the opening ceremonies at the Cubs Convention.

— Carrie Muskat


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