Tag:Kerry Wood
Posted on: December 18, 2008 10:54 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2008 11:08 pm

Odds And Ends: Cameron, Abreu, Treanor

Links for Thursday night...

Posted on: December 14, 2008 7:45 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2008 10:40 pm

Odds and Ends: Nelson, Atkins, Taveras

After a hectic Winter Meetings, it's been a slow weekend.  Today's links...

Posted on: December 13, 2008 10:10 am
Edited on: December 13, 2008 6:45 pm

Indians Complete Kerry Wood Signing

11:50am: The AP reports that Wood gets $10MM in 2009 and $10.5MM in 2010. If he finishes 55 games either year, the Indians' option vests and they pay Wood $11MM in 2011.  Check out this Chicago Tribune article for comments from Wood and Mark Shapiro.

9:09am: Kerry Wood signed a two-year $20.5MM contract with the Indians that has a vesting club option for a third year.

The Indians decided to complete the deal after discussing Wood's physical and running it past club executives.

Category: MLB
Posted on: December 11, 2008 7:46 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2008 9:22 pm

Tigers Unlikely To Add Closer

8:04: Steve Kornacki doesn't feel that the Tigers are done adding to their bullpen yet. He feels Dave Dombrowski will pursue Fuentes is the price comes down.

He also looks at what he deems the other six viable options left: John Smoltz, Trevor Hoffman, Brandon Lyon, David Weathers, Chad Cordero, and Eric Gagne. Hardly an impressive crop. Kornacki lists Lyon and Weathers as the most attractive options, unless the Tigers can luck out and pry Smoltz away from Atlanta. Smoltz is a Michigan native.

6:44: Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says that getting a closer is no longer a priority for the Tigers.

Detroit isn't interested in Trevor Hoffman, can't afford Brian Fuentes, and they tried for Kerry Wood but missed. The Tigers feel they could have landed J.J. Putz, but the Mets swooped in with a last minute offer and won his services.

Knobler also wonders if the Tigers could release Dontrelle Willis if he doesn't show something in Spring Training.

Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:18 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2008 6:48 pm

Indians Close To Deal With Wood

FRIDAY, 5:34pm: According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, we should hear the Indians' decision on the Wood signing by Saturday. Indians president Paul Dolan has the final call.

9:41am: Looking for a Kerry Wood update?  The AP is reporting that he took his physical yesterday, and team doctors are taking a look.  They say it may still take a few days before the official announcement.

WEDNESDAY, 4:42pm: Castrovince says Wood is headed to Cleveland for a Thursday physical.  He believes the two-year, $20MM deal will include a third-year option of some variety.

11:37am: SI.com's Jon Heyman says the Indians are closing in on a two-year, $20MM deal with Wood.  Jon Paul Morosi reported the same earlier today.

TUESDAY, 11:17pm: Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports Wood reached an agreement with the Indians on what is believed to be a two-year deal with a vesting option.  It's unclear if Rogers is offering up new information here or just summarizing what we know.

7:44pm: John Perrotto says the Indians signed off on Wood's medical reports and will likely announce the signing today or tomorrow.

5:36pm: The AP says the Indians are close to a two-year deal with Wood.

5:01pm: Peter Gammons says the Indians are making progress with Wood but still talking to alternatives.

4:21pm: Yahoo's Gordon Edes says an Indians source expressed confidence that the team is close to signing Wood, probably to a two-year deal with a vesting option. The AP agrees.

3:12pm: Castrovince says his Wood report "appears to be legit."  Multiple sources have confirmed to him that a deal "could be cemented soon."  Wood would still have to pass a physical though.

3:03pm: ESPN's Keith Law:

A source with Cleveland indicated that the Indians are still "actively engaged in the closer market" but haven't settled on one player or finalized a deal yet.

1:15pm: According to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince, the Indians appear closer to a two-year deal with Kerry Wood.  The deal may contain a third-year option.

Category: MLB
Posted on: December 8, 2008 8:35 am
Edited on: December 8, 2008 9:29 pm

Rosenthal's Latest: Burnett, Garland, Aurilia

8:22pm: John Mozeliak said tonight the Cardinals never engaged with Burnett's agent.  A commitment of more than two years to a free agent starter is extremely unlikely.

3:40pm: Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says it's "not true" that the Cardinals are players for Burnett.

8:30am: The latest from Ken Rosenthal:

  • The Cardinals are a serious bidder for A.J. Burnett.  They also pursued him back in 2005.  The Blue Jays would get the Cardinals' #19 pick next June if they sign him.  However, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently wrote that the Cards "are not expected to pursue the free agent pool's bigger fish: C.C. Sabathia, Ben Sheets, A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe."
  • The Mets have Jon Garland on the radar.  Jerry Crasnick likes Garland as a fit for the Cards.
  • The Brewers haven't decided to increase their offer to C.C. Sabathia at this time, and won't consider it until they meet with the big lefty.  A meeting is scheduled; Sabathia may grill the Brewers about their other offseason plans.  Rosenthal thinks Kerry Wood might make the most sense among free agent closers.
  • The Mets, Indians, and Cardinals are interested in J.J. Putz.
  • The Cubs are eyeing Rich Aurilia, but only if they happen to move Ronny Cedeno or Mike Fontenot.
  • The Nationals "aren't terribly enamored" of Willy Taveras, contrary to previous reports.  The Nats instead have Carlos Gonzalez in their sights.
Posted on: December 7, 2008 9:36 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2008 11:33 pm

Mets To Make Offer To K-Rod Tonight

9:55pm: Ken Rosenthal says the Mets will meet with K-Rod, Fuentes, and Kerry Wood within the next 24 hours.  They won't be making simultaneous offers to all three.  Instead, they'll probably start with an offer to Rodriguez as Heyman mentioned.

8:35pm: According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, Mets GM Omar Minaya is meeting with Francisco Rodriguez tonight and is expected to make an offer.  Internally, the Mets have discussed offering a three-year deal, possibly with a fourth year vesting option.

Minaya has face-to-face meetings planned with Trevor Hoffman and Brian Fuentes as well, which could become unnecessary if K-Rod jumps at the first offer.  Seems unlikely he'd do that.

Posted on: December 7, 2008 4:34 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2008 4:41 pm

Rosenthal's Latest: Teixeira, Closers, Castillo, C

Ken Rosenthal has a new column up, let's take a look at the highlights:

  • Rosenthal doesn't see Mark Teixeira signing with the Nationals, even for the rumored ten-year, $200MM contract. He's got better options in the Angels, Red Sox, and Yankees. Scott Boras managed to get Alex Rodriguez a ten-year deal with a losing team in 2000 when he signed with the Rangers, but Rosenthal doesn't forsee a repeat.
  • The Indians are waiting on the Mets' closer decision to make a decision of their own. Once New York signs or trades for a closer, the market will likely collapse. The Mets are preparing simultaneous offers to Francisco Rodriguez, Brian Fuentes, and Kerry Wood.
  • The Brewers could spend big money on a closer once they hear from Ben Sheets and C.C. Sabathia. If the Brewers can somehow retain both, they won't have money to spend on a closer and would likely have to trade Prince Fielder.
  • The Mets are desperately trying to unload Luis Castillo so they can make a run at Orlando Hudson. They're having no luck though, even in trying to swap him for another bad contract. The Rangers rejected a swap of Castillo for Vicente Padilla.
  • Nationals GM Jim Bowden is interested in Willy Taveras. Doesn't make any sense to me. The Nats already have Lastings Milledge, Josh Willingham, Elijah Dukes, and Austin Kearns.
  • The Rockies prefer to keep Garrett Atkins, but the Twins, Dodgers, Giants, and Phillies are all interested. Chase Utley has been a long-time supporter of bringing his former UCLA teammate to the Phils for a reunion.
  • The Marlins are getting several inquiries on Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla. They don't plan to trade either, though if the Giants were to offer Jonathan Sanchez for Cantu, the Marlins would jump at the chance.
  • Jermaine Dye, Mike Cameron, Marcus Thames, and Marlon Byrd are all available via the trade market, for teams needing a right-handed hitting outfielder. Rosenthal still feels Cameron could still end up in pinstripes.
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