Phillies Interested In Kerry Wood

11:04pm: The Cubs and Wood can't agree on the money or the length of a contract, writes Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.  Wood seeks around $4MM, writes Jim Salisbury of  The big righty told NBC-5 Chicago he'll make a decision by Friday, which also marks the start of the Cubs Convention. 

6:08pm: The Cubs and Phillies have expressed the strongest interest in signing Wood, according to Jon Paul Morosi of

1:50pm: Late last week Kerry Wood appeared to be working toward a one-year deal to return to the Cubs, but we soon heard that it was far from done and that Wood is still in talks with several teams about a 2012 contract. The Phillies could be one of those teams based on these two tweets from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, who reports that Philadelphia has Wood on their radar but their interest could be contingent on the health of Jose Contreras.

The 40-year-old Contreras had season-ending elbow surgery in August after appearing in just 17 games (14 innings of work) for the Phils last season. He compiled a 3.86 ERA and 8.4 K/9 but struggled with his control, walking eight and hitting a batter in those 14 innings. Wood, on the other hand, whiffed 10.1 per nine over 51 innings of 3.35 ERA ball with the Cubs, with a more reasonable 3.7 BB/9.

The Phillies lost Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge both to free agency this winter. They pounced early to replace Madson by signing Jonathan Papelbon. Wood would represent an affordable option to set-up for Papelbon. As Crasnick notes in a final tweet, the allure of playing for a contender may have more appeal than the Cubs' rebuilding philosophy under the new front office headed by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

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  1. blu167 4 years ago

    I thought Kerry Wood said that he would either play for the cubs, or retire? :O

    • jammin502 4 years ago

      That is what I thought as well, though that is not a very good negotiating position.

      • Rusty_Arcadia 4 years ago

        He’s going to stay with the Cubs and end up taking whatever their final offer is. His Agent is probably using other teams to leverage a more competitive price. 

  2. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

    Too bad the feeling isn’t mutual; given his stance on the Cubs, it’s evident Wood couldn’t care less about winning.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      or money

    • nycub 4 years ago

      I feel like I’ve seen you make this comment more than once. Don’t you have something more valuable to contribute than low blows at a team that is rebuilding?

  3. scott brecht 4 years ago

    as long as he comes back to the organization when he is done playing, i will be happy as a cubs fan.  wood and dempster are very active pillars of the community and will be great ambassadors the cubs and chicago in the future.  

  4. FillyPhan 4 years ago

    When you’re asked by a true contender to play for a year and possibly finally get that ring, I think its hard to say no.

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      He could have re-signed with the Yankees last year but chose the Cubs instead. I don’t think championship or money matters to Kerry Wood. It’s Cubs or retirement. 

  5. Awesomeade 4 years ago

    Please let there be no truth to this…

  6. Kevin 4 years ago

    I thought he said he was staying In Chicago

  7. gotoguy1 4 years ago

    as bad as thay are going to be the next five years i would not want to be there either

  8. Stuart 4 years ago

    ….just because the phillies have interest doesn’t mean its mutual.

    • Bob 4 years ago

       umm who wouldnt want to be the set up man for the Phillies?

      • Dylan 4 years ago

        Ryan Madson.

        • FillyPhan 4 years ago

          Thats only because he thinks 1/2 a season as a fill in closer makes him the most valuable closer on the market, which is why he hasnt gotten picked up and likely will be the LOSER of the offseason.

          • Dylan 4 years ago

            not true. The offseason isn’t over. He’ll get a decent contract, just not a Papelbon contract (because it was an overpay, not as bad as everyone makes it sound, but no doubt an overpay).

            He’ll get 8-10 million per for 2-3 years, I’d hardly call that being a “loser.” It will take me my entire life to earn 25% of what he makes in a year.

          • FillyPhan 4 years ago

            Which team is going to throw him that right now? I don’t see any team currently needing a closer to give 10m for 3 years.

            Boras inflated his ego so much that now he cannot think of himself as anything besides.

            No one is going to throw around that money for basically a setup guy. You cant call him a closer after 30 saves.

          • Dylan 4 years ago

            Ryan Madson is a closer. Every team knows this along with every baseball analyst. I think the Rangers, Angels, Cardinals, and Rays could use him. Now, will he get 10 million? I don’t know. But He won’t get like 5 million. He’ll get an average of 8 million. Or, he could take a one year deal from the Rays of $9 million and try again next year if the Yankees, Dodgers, or Red Sox need a closer…

            I don’t think it has to do with Boras either. I think it was just a bad situation for Ryan to be in. He is a very nice guy and I wish him the best.

          • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

            He wants to close. He’s been arguably the best relief pitcher (once again, I said arguably) since 2010 and finally proved he could close.

            His monetary aspirations have nothing to do with him not wanting to be the Phillies set up man. He feels he’s ready to be a full time closer.

            I don’t see why he’d be the loser of the offseason though… because he didn’t accept a contract that was never offered to him?

        • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

          Ryan Madson doesn’t want to be anybody’s setup man though.

  9. Wood would be crazy not to take Phillies offer, the cubs are in a no compete mode, he might as well compete one last time in his career.

  10. Guest 4 years ago

    Doc already has 34 … maybe he can dust off the now vacant 44

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      He wore 39 with the Yankees. Schwimer’s wearing that now but shouldn’t be an issue.

  11. FillyPhan 4 years ago

    When your about to retire, I would think that last goal would be for that ring. Why go to the cubs for a pointless year. He can still be part of the Cubs after retirement.

  12. Mike1L 4 years ago

    Wood turned down much higher offers last year to play for the Cubs on a very inexpensive contract.  If the Cubs, for whatever reason, aren’t serious about re-signing him, and he wants to play, it’s not wrong to look at other, higher offers. 

  13. firealyellon 4 years ago

    Cub fans cry in three, two, one…..

  14. PushDown 4 years ago

    If I was a Cubs fan, I would actually want Woods to sign with the Phillies. From what I’ve heard, he’s a class act, and he took significantly less money to play for them. At this point in his career, it’s only right that he be given a legit shot at the title, and every move the Cubs have made this offseason suggests that they not going to even try to be a contender. After the work Wood has put in for the Cubs, he deserves to be at least given a chance to get a ring.  

    So the Angels maybe? :) just kidding.

  15. Considering how little he took last year to play for the Cubs when he presumably had much better offers from much better teams, I’d assume the only reason he isn’t a Cub right now is because the Cubs are either offering him even less or nothing at all.

  16. WrigleyTerror37 4 years ago

    Its the classic you dont pay me ill look else where. He wants to be a Cub, hes just using this oprotunity as leverage so the Cubs can pay him more.

  17. diehardcubbie 4 years ago

    Epstein has gone on record saying that if they don’t get the Wood deal done, shame on them. The reason it has taken a while may have to do with the Cubs telling Wood to establish a market value out there and then they will talk. Wood lives in and loves the Chicago area, but wants closer to MV than he got last year.

  18. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    Didn’t he block a trade to Philadelphia last year at the deadline? I think he goes back to the cubs and the Phillies end up with Brad Lidge.

  19. deeco3307 4 years ago

    I really don’t understand a contender wanting a pitcher who essentially has stated he would rather stay comfy on a losing team than step onto a contender.  I realize that Chicago is his home, but this guys isn’t getting any younger and if he signs with the Cubs, he’s wasting pretty much the rest of his career on a losing team.  On top of that, I’m pretty sure he is baiting the Phillies to up the offer with the Cubs. 

    I get it if he’s getting the best offer from the Cubs.  You go where the money is.  But the Phillies could easily match the Cubs offer, and he’d go back to Chicago regardless.  I wouldn’t want a player like that on a winning team anyways.

    • jb226 4 years ago

      Gosh, I sure hate players who have a loyalty to a city, team and organization instead of just going where the money is!

  20. this would be a great move 4 the phils

  21. scott brecht 4 years ago

    Wood just finished an interview a few seconds ago.  It was mostly to promote his charity event on Friday, but they got some good questions in.  He said he has a couple of options, Chicago being one of them.  I got the impression that if his buddy Hendry was still around, he would be back already.  I think Theo doesn’t want to give him the money Hendry probably would have.  He said he plans to have a contract done by this next weekend.  

    • cachhubguy 4 years ago

      Cubs convention next weekend.

      • scott brecht 4 years ago

        yeah.  they mentioned how nice it would be to have him signed by the convention.  

  22. You don’t understand how loyal Wood is to the Cubs. 

  23. omega369 4 years ago

    IQ=10, ‘coolness’= -1,000,000

  24. Rusty_Arcadia 4 years ago

    Exactly right. I really don’t think he’s going anywhere though. But heck, I was wrong about Pujols too. Anyone think this is going to be a Pujols version 2.0 deal with the Cubs fans burning Wood’s jersey in the streets if he signs anywhere else?

  25. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    That’d be the case if it wasn’t for last year.

    Personally, he ruined any leverage he had with the Cubs. Getting a big market team in the bidding with a win now mentality is just a way for him to get more money from them.

  26. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    That “overrated” pitcher has the second highest K/9 rate of all time. His problem was he was overused and injured early in his career. He simply never lived up to his full potential. But overrated, definitely not.

  27. bmoneyy20 4 years ago

    worst tipper ever

  28. imachainsaw 4 years ago

    that low WAR total has a lot to do with his injuries. look at how much time he missed due to injuries and think of all those WAR he missed out on accruing over such time.

  29. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Since when are strikeouts considered arbitrary? They tend to be considered by many to be a factor in how great a power pitcher is/can be. Wins, those are arbitrary for a pitcher.

    As for his control issue, Nolan Ryan had a similar control issues, holds the record in walks and the modern record in wild pitches, but no one call him overrated. As I said, overused and injured early in his career.

  30. imachainsaw 4 years ago

    Let’s see how overrated he was…
    From his debut in 1998 – 2004 (After which, injuries stalled his career for three years) he accrued a 20.5 WAR [according to BR]. That’s for 6 seasons, as he completely missed the 1999 season, for an average WAR total of 3.42, but he also averaged 27 starts per year during that time. With that adjusted for a full season (33 games), he was putting up 4.18 WAR per year, quality pitching.
    That doesn’t sound overrated to me.

  31. NickinIthaca 4 years ago

    Someone mentioned that the “(null)” posts were an error when posting from a mobile device, but if that isn’t the case, then I agree with you whole heartedly. 

  32. NickinIthaca 4 years ago

    If he leaves to go to the Orioles, Astros or another bottom dwelling team, I can understand Cubs fans being upset if he appeared to leave for more money.  But if he leaves for a team like Phillie that has a chance to compete, regardless of the money, there’s no reason to hold it against the guy.

  33. Guest 4 years ago

    Manny, you gonna be wearing #44?

  34. brian310 4 years ago

    Really hasnt done much in his career…being from Chicago, I would rather have buehrle who is completely underrated

  35. imachainsaw 4 years ago

    again, injuries not lack of skill.

  36. brian310 4 years ago

    Fair enough, but people shouldn’t act like he has accomplished anything in his career and definitely definitely shouldn’t get his number retired

  37. CC 4 years ago

    Ryan could win games and have a low era unlike wood

  38. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Last year Lincecum was 13-14 with a 2.74 ERA and 23 quality starts, kinda goes to the point that wins for a pitcher are a matter of luck and a matter of your team’s offense.

  39. nycub 4 years ago

    Dude, seriously. You have nothing else to contribute other than taking shots at the Cubs.

  40. cachhubguy 4 years ago

    He took $1.5 million last year when he was offered $8 million over 2 years from the White Sox. He ‘s loyal to the Cubs no matter what he decides to do this year.

  41. scott brecht 4 years ago

    he has no life.  all he does is troll cubs stories

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