The Cubs have re-signed reliever Kerry Wood to a 1 year 3 million deal with a club option for 2013. The Cubs announced the deal at the Cubs convention which started today. I love the signing and I am happy Woody will pitch for the Cubs in 2012 and hopefully longer. Many think the Cubs have had a deal in place for a while and just wanted to announce the deal at the Cubs convention. That would seem logical and make a boom at the start of the convention.
Lately the thought was the Cubs and Wood were not going to reach a deal and Woody’s tenure would be over. Like Kaplan stated a few days ago, it seems Kerry Wood’s days as a Cub are all but over. Kerry Wood did have interest in other teams and said he was ready to take the physical for 2 other teams today. He said the signing came down to the wire and agreed to the deal this afternoon.
Team Theo has said all off-season, if we can’t sign Kerry Wood, there is something wrong and we are doing something wrong. Tom Rickett is a big Kerry Wood fan and wants Kerry Wood to finish his career with the Cubs and then become a coach when he retires.
Like I’ve already said, I’m happy Kerry Wood is back in Cubbie Blue and can’t wait for him to pitch in the 7th-8th inning as the set-up man for closer Carlos Marmol.
Right now, the 40-man roster stands at 41 and a corresponding move will have to be made. So… the Kerry Wood signing is not official yet. But don’t worry, it will be.
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