red4tribe asked in SportsBaseball · 1 decade ago

Kerry Wood signing and trade?

The Indians have made two major moves this offseason. What do you think of each of them?

First, they traded Franklin Gutierrez to the Mariners in a three team deal and got Joe Smith, a relief pitcher, and backup infielder Luis Valbuena.

Second, they signed Kerry Wood to be their closer for 2 years and 20.5 million.

Good or bad?

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  • Joel
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Joe Smith is an okay reliever. He can give up big hits at the wrong times. Don't know much about Valbuena.

    As for Kerry Wood, this will no doubt help their bullpen. You won't see a repeat of Joe Borowski, that's for sure. You'll like Kerry from Day 1.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think the Wood signing was a good move, as long as he doesn't get injured. I don't know about the other deal.

  • 1 decade ago

    joe smith deal: good because he is a young reliever with good potential

    kerry wood deal:

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  • 1 decade ago

    kerry wood would be good for probably 5 to 8 starts but in the past injuries have killed him. With his long history of injuries and inability to stay in the starting rotation, Wood accepted the Cubs offer to return as a relief pitcher 2007. Wood attempted to sustain a regular throwing schedule and appearances during Spring Training games. However, Wood was placed on the 15 day DL with soreness in his elbow and was then moved to the 60 day DL. He began playing catch on May 21. In his first rehab assignment in Cubs Rookie Ball, he struck out all three batters he faced. On July 24, he pitched 1 inning with the Single-A Peoria Chiefs, throwing 9 pitches. He made back-to-back appearances on July 26 and July 27, throwing his fastball between 92-94 mph with no discomfort.

    The Cubs activated Wood from the 60-Day Disabled List on August 3, causing many to believe that he would make his actual return on that day.[4] In the seventh inning, however, Lou Piniella opted to send Bob Howry to the mound, and most fans, eager to see Kerry back on the hill, mistakenly gave Howry a standing ovation, only to realize moments later it was actually not Wood.[5] Piniella later stated he wanted Wood to receive a "softer landing", or in other words, make his return in a game where the Cubs have a comfortable lead over their opponents.[6] Wood made his return on August 5, with the Cubs trailing the New York Mets by four runs.[7] He pitched a single inning, during which he allowed one hit, and struck out another batter.[7] Piniella praised Wood's performance, stating "He threw the ball real good", and "His breaking ball had some bite to it, and he threw it up there about 93-94, about what we expected".[8] Since then, he has remained healthy appearing in 22 games and posting a 1-1 record with a solid 3.33 ERA.

    He was generally limited to one inning per outing and has not appeared in games on back to back days, though he did pitch in both halves of a double header on September 15. Wood was a major contributor to the Cub's NL Central Division Championship down the stretch in late September, earning a win and 8 holds. Wood filed for free-agency on November 11, 2007, though he suggested that he wanted to remain in pinstripes for the 2008 season. Despite multi-year offers from other teams, Wood agreed to a one year, $4.2 million deal with the Cubs.[9]

    Wood, along with Bob Howry and Carlos Marmol, competed for the role as the Cubs' closer after Ryan Dempster was moved to the starting rotation.[9] After posting a 2.84 ERA in the spring, Wood won the job. He recorded his first career save April 3, 2008 with a win over the Brewers.[1][2] Wood has since recorded 34 saves in 39 opportunities, 82 strike-outs and a 1.12 WHIP. He was selected to the 2008 MLB All-Star Game as a relief pitcher on July 6, 2008 along with six other teammates.[10]

    Wood was placed on the 15-day DL on July 24, 2008 with a blister on his right index finger.[11] He returned to throw a scoreless inning against the Houston Astros on August 5, 2008.

    On November 13, 2008, after acquiring closer Kevin Gregg from the Florida Marlins, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry announced that the organization does not plan on resigning Wood. [3] He had previously requested a multi-year contract with the team, but was deferred due to financial reasons. Wood stated he wished to remain with the Cubs, but also wanted to continue playing baseball

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  • 1 decade ago

    I MISS JOE BOROWSKI!

    Source(s): A White Sox fan.
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