Ladies and Gentleman, let me warn you what you are about to read is simply my personal speculation on Wood returning to Chicago rumors. That being said, let's continue.
Kerry Wood is the most popular Cub on the team maybe behind Starlin Castro. You know what, I'm just going to go out and say that he is the most popular Cub on the team right now. Make your case below if you disagree.
When Theo Epstein took over the team and was looking at the internal issues, you can bet one of the first players he called was Kerry Wood. Wood by far has the best insight on the team, the pulse of the fanbase and knows the path the team appears to be on.
You can also bet on Randy Bush and Oneri Fleita, mainstays from the Hendry administration, having a good connection with Wood. He would not have adamantly said he wanted to return last season if it were otherwise.
Wood dodged a question during an interview on a local Chicago station last night, which makes me think two things:
- There is no way Wood is commenting on negotiations with any team unless they are on the finish line.
- Maybe the deal is already done...maybe it has been done for weeks.
You know Theo Epstein and the new Cubs regime want to do it right at their first annual Cubs convention. It is their first meet and greet, and they want Cubs fans on their side.
What would be a better way to start the Cubs convention than by having Kerry Wood announce to several hundred fans that a new deal is in place? At that point, who is really going to care about money?
That would also do Wood the favor of not being asked a million times if he is coming back while signing autographs and taking pictures all weekend.
I know this is pre-Epstein, but the Cubs did announce the Jeff Samardzija signing on the Friday of the Cubs convention, which from first-hand experience, definitely generated buzz at the convention.
I'm not going to make my case for why the Cubs should sign Wood. He is an asset to the team on and off the field (okay, I just did), but Theo Epstein knows that whether or not he signs him.