Indians Unlikely To Trade Wood

The Indians are not likely to deal Kerry Wood this winter, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

In order to trade the 32-year-old, Cleveland would have to eat a significant portion of his $10.5MM salary.  Even then, Wood's value is not quite as high as it could be with the wide array of relievers available on the open market.

The post suggests that the Indians would be better off holding on to Wood until June or July.  If they are not contenders at that point, then they can shop him when he is owed just a fraction of his salary.  However, Rosenthal and Morosi caution that teams may balk at Wood's $11MM club option for 2011, which vests if he finishes 55 games this season.  The 6'5 righty finished 50 games last season for the Tribe.

Do you agree that the Indians should refrain from dealing Wood for now?  Let's hear your thoughts in the comments.


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