Monday, January 16, 2012

Wood still deciding whether you sign with the Cubs or retire

As per the sources, Kerry Wood is not going to return to Chicago Cubs in this year and the main reason behind this is the disagreement on duration and money of the contract. Wood, who is now a free agent, said that he would determine where he is going to pitch in the coming season. Another team, which is interested in this reliever, is Philadelphia Phillies. Last September Wood told reporters that there were no plans of him leaving the Cubs, and that he might retire if he did not play for the Cubs. Even though the front office of Cubs is obstinate to get back Wood, but the issues seem to be a problem.

Earlier Wood signed a very generous deal of 1.5 million dollars for one year and turned down a number of offers from teams such as Red Sox and White Sox, which were offering him a whopping sum of 5 million dollars. However, now he is looking for a deal, which is nearer to the market value. The Philadelphia Phillies want to sign Woods, but they seem to be waiting for Jose Contreras recovery prior to determine whether they should pursue Wood or not, as they can easily afford Wood.

The former general manager of Cubs Jim Hendry and Wood came to an agreement for helping out the team for reinstating Wood’s affiliation with Cubs. However, prior to re-signing the deal with Cubs Wood had his first face-to-face meeting with Tom Ricketts, who is the chairperson of the team. During this meeting, Ricketts assured Woods that can work with the Cubs as long as he wants to. Sources also say that Ricketts did not go deeper into the details of the job offer that he made to Wood. However, when Wood left the meeting, he felt that his job would be like an ambassador for the team after his retirement.

The main question is still the same, whether Wood will sign the contract or he will retire. During the time when he is still deciding, he can use it for other clubs or he can actually think of signing a deal with some other team. According to Wood, he will announce his decision until the weekend. There are no plans of Cubs participating in the World Series in the coming year, but they have traded Sean Marshall, which has created a gap in their late innings, giving more leverage to Wood.

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