First, some background on the Kerry Wood deal via Gordon Wittenmyer -
Count on the Cubs taking care of Kerry Wood after the iconic right-hander’s one-year, bargain-basement deal he signed Friday expires – and also once his pitching career is over.
General manager Jim Hendry will have a lot more financial flexibility in his 2012 payroll to work with, and chairman Tom Ricketts seems fully behind keeping Wood in the Cubs’ fold after meeting Wood on Monday and all but closing the deal that may have cost Wood $10 million in guaranteed money left on the table in offers by other teams.
Meanwhile, what Wood’s willingness to accept a $1.5-million deal has done for the Cubs is keep a winter of creative financing alive through the pursuit of a desired starting pitcher – if not an additional middle-bullpen reliever as well.
Today, on the MLB Network, on what I think was a replay of Hot Stove, Jon Heyman said that Wood turned down the Yankees offer of $10 million for two years to take the Cubs offer of $1.5 million for one year. So, I guess that’s the deal Wittenmyer is referencing here.
First Cliff Lee, and, now, Kerry Wood? Doesn’t anyone respond to Brian Cashman throwing heeps of Steinbrenner money at them anymore? What happened to that Cashman charm – you know, the one that we heard about when he supposedly talked Sabathia, Burnett and Teixeira into coming to New York? Didn’t work on Lee. And, Wood as well. Go figure.