Wittenmyer @ CST:
In a move that surprised even the Cubs, former staff ace and closer Kerry Wood agreed to return to his baseball roots and sign with his original team for one year, $1.5 million, according to a source.
… As recently as last week, team officials expected Wood to take a more lucrative, multi-year offer from either the New York Yankees, where he finished last season, or the Boston Red Sox.
Wood also considered a one-year, $3.5 million offer from the White Sox before following his heart back to the North Side, where he maintains strong relationships with Cubs‚ front office personnel, as well as several former teammates still with the club.
Damn, Kenny will push the 2011 payroll to $130 million!
Kaplan & Mitchell @ CT:
We hear from very good baseball sources that the White Sox have made a two-year offer to free agent pitcher Kerry Wood.
Wood played 10 years with the Cubs and pitched last season for the Yankees, who reportedly are interested in bringing him back.
Wood has said he does not want to play on the South Side, so this could be interesting.
Wood is a Type-B free agent but he was not offered arbitration.
I wonder if/how the Jesse Crain signing changes the Sox offer.
UPDATE: Now the 3rd paragraph reads:
Wood has said he does not want to play on the South Side, so it’s probably moot for him because the offer likely will evaporate if the club signs the Twins’ Jesse Crain as expected.
UPDATE #2: Now Cowley tweets:
Don’t look now, but Cowley might have been wrong for ripping on the Tribsters – K. Wood indeed might also be on his way said a source.
UPDATE #3: Maybe not says Cowley’s latest tweet:
Talks with Kid K are back and forth – source said sounded good for a bit, but not so good now. KW is using Jedi mind tricks as we speak.
UPDATE #4: Seems like Wood is going to the other team in Chicago.
Rosenthal @ FS tweets:
Yankees still want Kerry Wood back; [Cliff] Lee comes first. White Sox also showing interest in Wood; [Paul] Konerko first. Sox need late-inning help.
Wood wasn’t offered arbitration so he won’t cost any draft picks. But if Paulie wants $15 million per year there won’t be any money left for bullpen guys like Wood…
UPDATE: DV Dyck says “Wood is thought to be seeking a multi-year deal worth $9 million or more.” Kenny just hanged up..
UPDATE #2: Cowley tweets:
Sox-Wood rumors were just blown-up by a source. Sox feel Wood is too expensive even if they don’t get Konerko.