Sit down and grab a paper bag.

We hear from very good baseball sources that the White Sox have made a two-year offer to free agent pitcher Kerry Wood.

Wood played 10 years with the Cubs and pitched last season for the Yankees, who reportedly are interested in bringing him back.

Wood has said he does not want to play on the South Side, so this could be interesting.

Bear in mind that, earlier today, the White Sox signed back-end reliever Jesse Crain to a multiyear deal, so it’s possible that they’ll now cool on Wood.

Wood is rumored to be seeking a two or three year deal at $6 million per. He also would prefer the opportunity to close somewhere. Both of those qualifications, you’ll note, would preclude any realistic chance of him coming to the Cubs, no matter how wistful the idea makes us.

If, however, the reliever market continues to settle, and the number of holes out there diminish, there remains a chance that Wood would (ha, homophones) consider a reduced offer to come home to the Cubs.

  • Serio

    Just stick a knife in my heart. Im going to ahve to heat it from Sox fans all year and now this!

  • Jeff

    Dave Kaplan says that Kerry Wood is close to finalizing a deal with the Cubs, not the Sox.

  • KB

    I love Kerry Wood. What Cub fan doesn’t? But isn’t paying top dollar for a set-up man kind of a luxury thing?

    Oh, what the hell. You know that Jimbo certainly isn’t going to let a winter go by without overpaying for some useless reliever, so it might as well be a guy who is both useful and beloved.

  • ramy16

    i just saw..let the white sox have him…his fastball has tailed off… i would love to see aramis or carlos take his ass deep in the 8th or 8th inning…kerry wood would look dumb in white sox black…doesnt his bitch ass know that the cubs are and always will be chicago’s team!! i hate the white sux as much as the shit birds aka (cardinals)

    • Butcher

      I dunno. Watching him in the postseason for the Yanks, his fastball looked just fine to me.

  • Jared

    Sorry, though I would absolutely hate seeing him on the southside, he (appearance-wise) LOOKS like he would fit in with that team. I’m not saying his personality would fit, but let’s be honest here, Kerry kind of looks like an asshole. As do the great majority of guys that play for the Sux. Hope this doesn’t happen!