Kerry Wood Signs One-Year Deal With Cubs

Kerry Wood is returning to the Chicago Cubs, agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.

Wood pitched for the Cubs from 1998-08, winning NL Rookie of the Year honors that first season when he was a hard-throwing starter.

He signed with the Indians as a free agent in December 2008 and was traded from Cleveland to the New York Yankees last July. Wood became Mariano Rivera’s primary setup man and was 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in 24 appearances with New York.

Wood’s career has been slowed by numerous injuries. He is expected to be a late-inning reliever and a bridge to closer Carlos Marmol.

In 12 seasons, Wood is 83-68 with a 3.65 ERA and 62 saves – 34 of those with the Cubs when he was their closer in 2008.

AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

Updated on December 17, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Sources tell 670 The Score that Kerry Wood has signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. Exact terms of the deal were not available.

A fourth overall selection by the Cubs in the 1995 Amateur Draft, Wood spent nine seasons in a Cubs uniform. He is most remembered for his 1998 20-strike out, one-hitter against the Houston Astros.

Sources also tell The Score that Wood turned down a two-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.

Originally posted on December 16, 2010 at 3:42 PM

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  • Brian Sherman

    Headline should read as follows:

    “Wood-n’t You Believe It? Former Ace to ‘Kerry’ Cubs’ Bullpen in 2011”

  • Dave

    this was a bad decision by kerry wood.

  • Dave

    wood is going to sign a 1-year deal with the cubs, a team with no chance at the playoffs, and not take a 2-year deal on a division winner in 2011 and 2012 with the white sox??? just for sentimental reasons? wood is an idi0t.

    • Brian Sherman

      He didn’t wanna come in 2nd place to the Twins for 2 straight years.

      • Dave

        ummm…. the sox are going to win the division the next 2 years, but maybe kerry will enjoy being with the cubs & finishing 5th in the NL central next season.

        maybe wood will make the right decision and join the southsiders in 2012.

  • Dave

    Huh, you guys must be Sox fan’s! Im sorry.
    I think Kerry with help our bullpen out alot!
    You guys have some high hopes that the Sox’s are gonna be division champs let alone two
    years in a row. Wish i could see you face when they let you down! GO CUBS!!!!!

    • Dave (real one)

      hey a-hole! i’m a sox fan, brian is a d-bag cubs fan.

      2 things.

      sox will win the division the next 2 years.

      cubs suck and even if wood helps the bullpen, the cubs will still finish 5th.

      • Flash

        This tells you somethings Dave. This is a perfect example of why sox fans have always had anymosity towards cubs fans. The sox are a completely irrelevant team in this city. when the sox won the series, the cubs were in 5th place that year and the cubs still sold more tix. Doesn’t matter if you talk yourself into believing the fans are there to get drunk. The fact remains that no matter what they do, the white sox are boring and always will be

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