Kerry Wood is Officially an Ex-Cub

Kerry Wood passed his physical with the Cleveland Indians and has signed a 2-year/$20 million contract with an option for a third year based on "a vesting mechanism."

As reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer...

Wood, 6-5, 211 pounds, lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife
Sarah and their two children. It's believed that the Indians moving
their spring training facility from Winter Haven, Fla., to Goodyear,
Ariz., this year played a part in Wood coming to Cleveland.


GM Mark Shapiro also added right-hander Joe Smith earlier this week
at the winter meetings to pitch in front of Wood in the pen. Smith was
acquired in a three-team, 12-player trade with the Mets and Mariners.


"The signing of Kerry Wood brings to the Cleveland Indians a
powerful presence in the back of our bullpen and in our clubhouse,"
Shapiro said. "Kerry fills our need for a closer and fits our team's
culture perfectly as he is a dominant talent and an outstanding
teammate and person."

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I miss Kerry already....

An Abreu signing would cheer me up.

My feeling is I prefer, in order:

1) Cubs win the WS with the players that I like

2) Cubs win the WS

3) Players I like win the WS elsewhere

So I'd rather the Cubs win with Wood, but if we win without him I'll be happy. And if neither of those can occur, it would be great to see Wood win with the Indians. I was thrilled to see Grace leadoff the 9th with a hit off of Rivera and end up finally winning with the D-Backs. So maybe Wood will have an equally good experience after parting ways with the Cubs.

Maybe he can tell Sizemore all about how awesome playing at Wrigley is.

rotoworld says deal is for $20.5 M with an $11M third year team option that is automatic if he finishes 55 games in either of the next 2 years.

Just "finishes"? If so, the deal is basically a three year deal -- for instance, in a year in which Wood lost a month's worth of games, he finished 56 games.

If the deal's option year is tied up to saving 55 games, then Wood's got a long way to go.

Good luck Kerry. May you win a World Series in 2010 after we win in 09.

and so goes the last of the "piss on my hands" legacy cubs players.

at least kerry "i can't stop now" wood isn't pissing on buildings anymore.

Or smashing boomboxes.

or chilling with dr. andrews

For smashing that boombox, Kerry will always be one of my fave Cubs.

One of the most depressing posts I've ever read on TCR.

Submitted by carlosrubi on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 3:28pm.

Just "finishes"? If so, the deal is basically a three year deal -- for instance, in a year in which Wood lost a month's worth of games, he finished 56 games.

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CARLOS: Incentive-performance bonuses can't be tied to statistics like saves, wins, K, ERA, or WHIP, et al for pitchers, or BA, SLG, OBP, HR, RBI, SB, Fielding %, et al for position players.

The bonuses have to be for things like days spent on the active roster (25-man roster), All-Star Game selection, awards like MVP, Cy Young, or Rolaids Relief, and pitching stats like appearances, innings pitched, games started, and/or games finished, and it's games, games started, and/or plate appearances for position players.

So Kerry's stipulation of "games finished" implies he must pitch the final out of the game, regardless of it being a save situation or not i assume?

It doesn't even have to be the game's final out - just the final out that the Indians record or the end of the game. So if coughs up the lead in the bottom of the 9th without recording an out, I think he still gets a game finished (or if he finishes the 9th and his team wins it in the bottom of the 9th).

Submitted by CPH2133 on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 8:46pm.

So Kerry's stipulation of "games finished" implies he must pitch the final out of the game, regardless of it being a save situation or not i assume?

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CPH2133: The last relief pitcher who is on the mound for a club gets "credit" for the Game Finished (GF) for that team for that game, no matter whether the team wins or loses, even if the pitcher can't get an out in the bottom of the 9th and blows a 10-run lead. So there is a "GF" for every game of the season for every club except a game where the starting pitcher throws a Complete Game. (A starting pitcher who throws a Complete Game gets credit for a "CG" but not for a "GF").

Last year, the Cubs had 159 GF as a team, with the three missing "GF" the result of one game being rained out that was not made up, and two "CG" (Dempster had one, and of course Zambrano threw a no-hitter). Kerry Wood appeared in 65 games in 2008, had 40 Save Opportunities and converted 34 (85%), but he also had 56 GF (Howry was second on the team in GF with 27, Marmol had 22, Wuertz had 13, and Lieber and Cotts had seven a piece).

Since Saves and/or Save Conversion % (as well as ERA, WHIP, and K) can't be used to qualify a pitcher for a performance bonus, a "Game Finished" (GF) is the closest stat that can be applied to closers for that purpose. But otherwise "Game Finished" is a pretty meaningless statistic.

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