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Wood says it's Cubs or retirement for 2012

Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:06 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 6:09 pm
 
Kerry WoodBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Kerry Wood will be with the Cubs in 2012 or he will retire, at least that's what the veteran pitcher told reporters on Monday.

Wood will miss the rest of the 2011 season with a tear in the meniscus in his left knee, an injury he said has bothered him most of the season. But Saturday Wood said he felt something pop while he was squatting in the bullpen.

"Glad it happened now," Wood said (Chicago Tribune).

Wood will have arthroscopic surgery on the knee after the season, but expects to be ready to pitch in 2012 -- if the Cubs will have him back.

"I'll be ready to roll," Wood said (CSNChicago.com). "It shouldn't be an issue at all." 

After spending time with the Indians and the Yankees in the last two seasons, Wood returned to the Cubs on a one-year, $1.5 million deal this season. The 34-year-old right-hander served as the team's primary set-up man this season and went 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 55 games, earning one save. He struck out 57 and walked 21 in 51 innings.

After arm troubles sidelined his career, Wood reemerged as a reliever in 2007 and has recorded 63 career saves, including 34 in 2008. After being traded from the Indians to the Yankees last season, Wood served as a set-up man, a role he thrived in with his below-market value deal to return to the team that drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 1995 draft.

If Wood is willing to accept another bargain deal from the team, it would seem to be a no-brainer for the Cubs to bring him back. Of course, that's going to be up to the new general manager, whoever that may be.

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Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Wood says it's Cubs or retirement for 2012

What a shame Kerry Woods career never took off after he was used and abused by the Cubs the first time around.  He should have had limited pitch counts early in his career so he'd have a shot at still being a dominant starter today!  The Cubs burned out Mark Prior too.  It's because The Cubs haven't won in so long that they didn't have enough patience to give their starters time to grow into outstanding big league pitchers by allowing them to work within pitch counts.  No wonder why The Cubs haven't won in a century. 



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 1:05 am
 

Wood says it's Cubs or retirement for 2012

Isringhausen, Wilson & Pulsipher.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Wood says it's Cubs or retirement for 2012

I was glad when Kerry Wood took the pay cut to come pitch for the Cubs and hope they can use him again next year.  If they can not then I wish him well and have enjoyed his odd career.  Much better than the time spent on the Mark Prior rollercoaster.




Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Wood says it's Cubs or retirement for 2012

@shibbykaiyai

Rick Ankiel and J.D Drew...All teams have the same problem.As a Cardinals fan I have to say that the late 90's early 2000's would have been great for the NL Central and the Cards/Cubs rivalry with all the prospects the two had.Ankiel and Drew were both baseball america's top prospect at one point.Prior and Wood were not far behind in there years on the list.It sucks but it is what it is.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Wood says it's Cubs or retirement for 2012

Cubs pitchers are just teases.  They never go through with their qutting, he will be a beautiful White Sox pitcher at the end of the day.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Wood says it's Cubs or retirement for 2012

Really?

Why is so content with playing on losing teams all the time?

I thought he might want to go play on winner!



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Wood says it's Cubs or retirement for 2012

Hence, the reason the Cubs SUCK every year and will probably wait another 100 years for a title!!




Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Wood says it's Cubs or retirement for 2012

For $1.5 next year, bring him back for a farewell tour.  Anymore and you end the tour at the end of the season.  

It is staggering how much hype the Cubs had with Wood, Prior, and the nutter Zambrano and what they actually became.  Prior had to have been a roider, Zambrano was a nutter who wussed out in the limelight of a big deal, and Wood went on the DL every other game.  Has there ever been a group with so much promise who delivered little or nothing?


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