Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com report that the Indians are unlikely to trade Kerry Wood this offseason.
According to the report, in order to trade him they would have to eat a
significant chunk of Wood’s $10.5 million salary for 2010. With the
overabundance of closers available this winter, the demand doesn’t
figure to be very high. Buster Olney of ESPN.com had similar thoughts two weeks ago.
Wood, 32, posted a 4.25 ERA, 1.38
WHIP and 20 saves in 26 chances in 2009, but was very solid after the
All-Star break, putting up a 2.96 ERA and 30/11 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3
According the report, the Indians
may hang onto him until they fall out of contention around June or July, so
Wood’s salary won’t be as much of an obstacle on a potential trade.
One thing to keep an eye
on is Wood’s vesting option for 2011. It becomes guaranteed if he finishes 55 games next season. Wood finished 50 in 2009.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.