Kerry Wood has been retired for all of two weeks now and he’s already keeping himself busy promoting a children’s book he co-wrote with MLB.com Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat.
Here’s a photo of Muskat holding the book, entitled “All You Can Be: Learning and Growing Through Sports”:
Wood describes the book as “a positive story about ups and downs and how you can come through that and still be a success” and proceeds go to the Kerry Wood Foundation for Chicago-area children.
With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.
Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.
That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.
The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.