Indians unlikely to deal Wood this offseason

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Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of 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 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.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.