Kerry Wood enjoyed a fine season in 2011, posting 3-5 record with a 3.35 ERA in 55 games with the Chicago Cubs. Now he will have to decide if he wants to stay in Chicago or go to one of the four other teams reportedly interested in him.
Bruce Levin of ESPNChicago.com reported in his article, "Cubs offered Kerry Wood a raise," that a source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick that the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers have expressed interest in him.
Last season, according to Levin, Wood signed a $1.5 million deal with Cubs, leaving a two-year, $10 million contract offer from the Chicago White Sox and a one-year, $5 million offer from the Boston Red Sox on the table.
So, it appears Wood is willing to play with the Cubs for less pay.
Levin noted that he told NBC-5 Chicago television on Sunday night that he'll make a decision on where he will pitch next season by Friday, which is the day Chicago's 26th annual Cubs Convention begins.
Sounds like Wood intends to give the Cubs fans some good news.
Or does he? Levin reported that Wood said his confidence that he would re-sign with the Cubs was waning, but that statement came before Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer addressed the situation.
If Wood is willing to leave Chicago, he would fit nicely into the Reds pen. In 50 of his 55 games last season, he posted a 2-2 record with a 1.57 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. Combined with his high strikeout ratio, the Reds will surely be interested in him with numbers like that.
On the downside, Wood suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee in mid-September. He had successful surgery on Sept. 30.