Kerry Wood and Cubs interested in working out another deal

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Last offseason Kerry Wood turned down bigger offers to rejoin the Cubs and earlier this month he expressed interest in doing it again, saying that he liked the team’s move to hire Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

It sounds like the feeling is mutual, as Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Wood recently had a meeting with Epstein at a local pub and Hoyer was full of praise when discussing the 34-year-old reliever.

And it also helps that Wood had a very good season for the Cubs, throwing 51 innings with a 3.35 ERA and 57/21 K/BB ratio while earning just $1.5 million.

Levine writes that Wood left as much as $8 million on the table last winter, so presumably the two sides will be able to work something out again.

Orioles claim Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees

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The Baltimore Orioles have claimed utilityman Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees.

Peterson has played in three games this season and has been DFA’d twice. He had no place to play in New York but perhaps the O’s can use his versatility. While mostly a second baseman in his career he’s appeared at every position except pitcher and catcher at some point along the way, and that’s useful. More useful for a team that isn’t going anyplace like Baltimore, I presume. Saves ’em on gas money from Norfolk when someone gets an owie.

To make room for Peterson the O’s moved Gabriel Ynoa, who is suffering from shoulder inflammation, from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Ynoa has yet to appear in a game this season.