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Old Nov 28th 2008, 4:06 pm
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The Door not closed on Wood's Cubs career

When the Cubs traded for Kevin Gregg, everyone started assuming that Kerry Wood's career as a Chicago Cubs was all but over. I was one of them who figured that he was likely gone as well. That was before I remembered a very key issue when it comes to baseball as a team's free agents leaving their current team.

More often then not, when a team is saying goodbye to a player that they do not anticipate bringing back to the club for the following year, they will normally offer the departing player arbitration. The deadline to do so with all players is Decemeber 12. The reason a team would offer arbitration to a departing player would be to ensure getting extra draft picks.

I am not saying that the Cubs will infact offer him arbitration before the deadline, but it is not out of the question that they would. On that same note, if they do decide to offer Wood arbitration, if he does not find an offer out there that is to his liking, and he really does want to stay with the Cubs, he could accept the Cubs offer. If that is the case, the Cubs and Wood would be in line to work out a one year deal with a salary that an arbitrator decides is fitting for the player. The Cubs would also be able to give Wood their own offer that he may chose to select before an arbitrator hands out a ruling for a contract.

While this is all speculation, it is also not out of the question to happen. So if you do want to see Wood back in Cubbie Blue, as I would love to, then hope the Cubs do offer him arbitration, and that he does not find an offer to his liking out on the open market.
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Old Nov 29th 2008, 1:23 am
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I'm hoping, but i dont have much hope. I'm afraid Hendry isnt gonna offer it just to close the door officially. You know he's already fu!ked Woody once, i bet he does it again.
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Old Nov 29th 2008, 8:28 am
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i dont think hes screwed over Wood at all.
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Old Nov 29th 2008, 8:51 am
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I want Wood back as much as anyone. Not just because he's a long time Cub that I have always liked alot. But because he was a big part of a solid Cubs bullpen last season. And he's only going to get better as a reliever. But thinking Wood may come back next season is wishfull thinking. Big Jim wouldn't have made a public announcement that the Cubs were moving on from having Kerry Wood on the team. I think Kerry and Big Jim are tight, so an agreement may have been reached where Big Jim would offer Kerry arbitration, and Kerry would turn it down. That way everyone wins. The Cubs would get a valuable draft pick, and Kerry would get a nice longterm deal from another club. Kerry is a stand up guy. I can see him agreeing to help out the Cubs, even on his way out the door.
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I'm wondering if it won't come down to the other offers Kerry gets. He hasn't been shy about his desire to stay in Chicago. I haven't heard of a lot of teams knocking down his door with the big offer that Hendry said he deserved.

Had Hendry offered him the big contract, it would have forced Lou's hand to use him as the closer, and Lou does not want that. However, if it comes down to arbitration, and Jim offers it, Kerry stays... it can be with the understanding that he will be as a setup guy. We have such a young bullpen and there isn't a whole lot on the market this year as far as reliable veteran guys to try to get. How many times this last season did it come down to the bullpen? I know Lou wants a "veteran lefty" down there, but when you don't have much to choose from, that may leave a crack in the door open for Kerry.

I do believe that Hendry was sincere by saying that Kerry deserved more than the Cubs could give him, but I don't know as if the rest of the league has the same ideas about Kerry and there may not be a lot of good offers out there for Kerry and he would accept lesser money and a bullpen role to stay in the city he and his family wants to stay in.
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I think alot of the older players from around the league are retired and they don't even know it.
This economy plus the success of teams like Tampa are forcing clubs to rethink high priced players and free agency. These guys like Wood are not worth as much as they thought they'd be.

Times are a changin and there is no room for the high salaries of just last yr.
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SLAM! Now the door is closed for good unless he wants to sign really cheaply
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well, i said it was an asumption.... it could have happened.
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I think alot of the older players from around the league are retired and they don't even know it.
This economy plus the success of teams like Tampa are forcing clubs to rethink high priced players and free agency. These guys like Wood are not worth as much as they thought they'd be.

Times are a changin and there is no room for the high salaries of just last yr.
You beat me to it , I was just about to post the same thing.
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I think if they retracted 6 teams the sport would improve and we wouldn't have to watch guys like Steve Trachsel continue to get jobs. I would welcome it!
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