Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kerry Wood Close to Deal With Cubs

Looks like Mark Prior won't be reunited with his former teammate after all.

According to this article from David Kaplan of the Chicago tribune, reliever Kerry Wood appears to be on the verge of signing a deal with the Chicago Cubs, his former team of which he pitched for the first ten years of his career. No word yet on how many years the deal is for or the pay.

The article mentions that Wood has "made his home" in Chicago and that he wanted a deal that would be best for his family. He pitched many solid seasons in Chi-Town as a starter, and still has close relationships with many people in the Cubs' organization; it makes sense that he would opt to go there.

This is a bit disappointing to us fanatics, however, as many of us were hoping that the Yankees could bring Wood back to be the bridge to Mariano Rivera. I think we all appreciate the pitch job he did for us in the latter stages of last season, particularly his ALDS game 2 gem against the Minnesota Twins. But, all is not lost as the Yankees have a viable reliever in Joba Chamberlain.

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