Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Farewell To A Once Good Arm

Kerry Wood is an ex-Cub:

Hendry met this week with Wood and his agent, Pat Rooney, and told him the Cubs were going in a different direction.

"I think we all feel that Kerry is certainly deserving of a three- or four-year contract," Hendry said. "He’s done everything this organization has asked for the last 14 years, been a warrior the last couple of years. He's come back and health-wise stood the test of time, taken the ball every day we needed, and had no hang-ups, except for (missing one month with a blister injury).

"We’re just in a situation, as Kerry fully understands, that that length of deal, for the kind of salary he’d command right now, is not our first priority. We certainly have to finish our rotation, we have offensive situations to address, and by having the prominence that (Carlos) Marmol now brings to the table, it certainly doesn’t come before the other needs we have. We felt it was time Kerry goes out and does what’s best for him and his family, and gets a huge multi-year deal if possible."

This was not only an obvious and predictable move based on baseball economics, Cubs salary structure, Tribune economics, and the general economic situation, but it's also smart baseball.

Kerry Wood is a good pitcher. But he's not $35 million over 4 years good. Jim Hendry made the right call on several levels.

Thanks for the memories, Kerry. See ya'.

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