Cubs: Kerry Wood Will Be Back In 2012

CHICAGO (AP)— Relief pitcher Kerry Wood is returning to the Chicago Cubs.

Wood has reached agreement on a $3 million contract for 2012 with a $3 million club option for 2013.

The team announced Friday the popular Wood would come back during the Cubs Convention, the club’s annual fan festival.

The 34-year-old righty went 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 55 games last year. He missed the end of the season because of a tear in his left knee that needed arthroscopic surgery.

Wood wanted to stay with the Cubs. He lives in Chicago year-round, and the team’s new management had made it clear that it wanted him back.

With Wood’s deal, exactly half of the 166 players who filed for free agency have finalized agreements.

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  • Cameltoe Rancher

    Good for Kid K! Perhaps he can put together a 20 strike out season?


    hah HAAAhhh!

    The Cubs have done way worse with three million. Who was that pitcher that never saw the mound in 2007 (or 2008)? It was so bad ago, maybe it was during the Nevin era.

    Andrew Afoul!


    BADBADBAD MOVE on so many levels.
    1. Wood has stolen so much money over the years he should be giving back money to the time he’s gotten $70MILLION for 70 wins as a starter., one year $12M for 19 INNINGS, $10M for 55INNINGS,$10M for 66INNINGS, $9M for 3W,66INNINGS. talk about the lowest bang for your buck, here’s the poster child.
    2. the guy is a 7-8th inning holder/stopper at best, a one inning wonder. last year he got $1.5M. what did he do to warrant a 100% pay raise? in his last 208IP, he has 106W, bad.
    3. to re-up this bust is to confirm & continue the “Cubby” loveable loser-itis mentality disease. if the new owners are serious about putting previous high payroll failures in the rear view mirror along with overpaid players who never achieved the perceived success expected of them, KERRY WOOD is the poster child. he is part of the old regime. the sooner those players are gone, the sooner the franchise goes forward. better to put some youngblood in his slot & let that kid learn on the job.. you know what you’re going to get with WOOD; nothing of any impact. sends the wrong signals to the new manager/players on this team who are making an effort to go forward & turn it around. BADBADBAD MOV.E


    I think it’s a 200% pay raise, but you may be right George Stanley.
    Good homework, by the way.

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