Yankees Rumors: Cubs Interested in Bringing Wood Back

Via ESPN Chicago:

Free-agent pitcher Kerry Wood would be welcomed back to the Chicago Cubs if payroll permits, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The New York Yankees declined to pick up the option on Wood’s 2011 contract, but that doesn’t mean the Yankees won’t try to re-sign Wood at a later date and lower number.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is on record saying the payroll for 2011 will drop slightly from its peak of $140 million in 2010.

One thing working against the Yankees here, besides the fact that they don’t have a closer position to offer Wood, is that he is a very low priority right now. Right now they are dealing with filling their vacant pitching coach job. Then they have to settle things with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. After that there is Cliff Lee.

All of that could bring us nearly to Christmas. So if a team looking to sign Wood wants to avoid dealing with the Yankees, they could be aggressive and try to lock him up before they even have the time to address him.

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3 Responses to Yankees Rumors: Cubs Interested in Bringing Wood Back

  1. smurfy says:

    On the other hand, Wood in the bullpen is an argument that Lee would appreciate. He would have to be interested in the solidity of the games he doesn't complete.

  2. KK says:

    What are they nuts…they could get rid of the entire bullpen..but leave Wood!!

  3. Dolores Latz says:

    Hard to believe, but I am a CUB fan, a Yankee fan, and a Kerry Wood fan. My hope is that Kerry will return to the Yankees. The team returned him to greatness. The CUBS messed with him. At least the Yankee fans appreciated him. Go Kerry and go Yankees.