The deal is still in the works, but as of Thursday, the Associated Press reports that pitcher Kerry Wood ready to sign a one-year, $1.5 million contract to return home to the Chicago Cubs.
The 33-year-old right-hander passed the team physical Thursday, and is expected to announce his decision Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Wood left a 10-year career in Chicago in 2008 to join the Cleveland Indians. He ultimately landed with the New York Yankees.
Kid K said he wanted to return to Chicago for the love of the game, not about the money. Wood took a large pay-cut, accepting $10.5 million less than the two-year contract he was reportedly seeking with a rival team, a source told Fox Sports.
Wood said whatever decision he made about where he was going to pitch in 2011 had to be a good fit for his family, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Wood’s longtime relationship with Cubs GM Jim Hendry
and being able to stay home are large indications that the Cubbies are at the top of Wood’s list for the 2011 season.
Setting world records with20 consecutive strikeouts in 1998, Kerry Wood was a bear of all Cubs. In his 12 seasons in the major leagues, Wood is 83-68 with a 3.65 ERA and 62 saves.
Cubs’ fans hope that the 1998 Rookie of the year will return home with veteran style, and maybe even bring the team to another World Series.