Things looked a little dicey earlier this week, but Kerry Wood is back where we all thought he would be when the offseason began.
From David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com comes word that the Cubs and Wood have agreed to terms on a new deal. The announcement was made to an “insane ovation” at Cubs Convention earlier this evening. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that he’ll get a one-year deal worth $3 million with a club option for 2013.
Wood signed a team-friendly one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Cubs last offseason, despite getting multi-year offers for more money elsewhere, but his new deal is much more in line with the market value for a veteran set-up man. The 34-year-old right-hander posted a 3.35 ERA and 57/21 K/BB ratio over 51 innings in 2011. He’ll set up for closer Carlos Marmol again in 2012.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.