Well this would be a very pleasant (moderate) surprise.

The Cubs, who have a major need for a veteran right handed reliever are moving towards finalizing a deal with free agent Kerry Wood. Wood, who spent the first 10 years of his major league career with the Cubs, spent 2010 with the Indians and Yankees and compiled impressive numbers down the stretch as he helped the Yankees make the playoffs.

If he finalizes his deal with the Cubs, Wood should provide tremendous support to Cubs closer Carlos Marmol and will form a very formidable back end of the bullpen with left-hander Sean Marshall. chicagotribune.com.

Wood suggested last weekend that he might consider a lesser offer to return to the Cubs, but it was reported this week that he’s looking for two or more years and $6 million per. If he ends up with a remarkably lower contract, he’s going to get a whole lot of extra love from the fans.

It’s ironic: these are usually the kind of signings we hate. An aging reliever coming off an unreachably good stretch, signed to a multi-year deal. But, since it’s Kerry Wood, it’s impossible not to be excited. Truth be told, I’m nervous that the cracks that appeared in his game while in Cleveland will resurface over the next couple of years.

Still, I’m excited. Like I said: it’s Kerry Wood.

  • art

    is DeRosa next? really i hope he has something left.

  • pfk (Peter F. Kempf)

    I share all the concerns but I REALLY hope they reach a deal. There is apart of this that goes beyond reasonable money. Having gone from the Cubs to the awful Indians in an awful city probably put him in a funk. Going to New York got him pumped up. He is an example of perseverance, courage and, if healthy, is damn good.

  • marc

    He’ll even if he sucks…he’ll put fans in the seats…so really how bad could it be? I dont see a guy like frasor putting any extra bodies in the seats…

    I know ill sure as hell go see Woody again…

  • Jeff

    I’m so very glad that they went with Wood instead of chasing Jason Frasor anymore or throwing 5 million a year at another one year wonder middle reliever. If Wood is even close to as good as he pitched for the Yankees, it will help the whole bullpen by slotting guys down and won’t hurt much if Cashner is going to start next year. I know people think Sean Marshall should get a chance to start, but I think he’s one of the best lefty relievers in the game period, and they have enough starting to not mess with what has been pretty great so far out of him.

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