After racking up 34 saves in his first season as a closer, Kerry Wood was shown the door by Cubs brass. For quality major league closers, when one door closes, another opens. It now appears the dude once known in Wrigleyville as "Kid K" will be wearing a Cleveland Indians uniform for the next two or three years.
Reports have the Indians giving Wood a two-year contract with a third year option, but nothing is confirmed.
This would really shore up the late-innings relief mess for the Indians, which was created when they put their stock in another former Cub, Joe Borowski. I still can't believe Borowski has been the closer for two different teams who reached Game 7 of the LCS, while Joe Nathan has never been. Of course, the teams must have learned well from Borowski, because both of them blew 3-1 leads.
On a serious note, I have confidence that Wood will be a solid closer for the Indians for the next two years, and I believe his shoulder woes are behind him. This is a good signing for the Tribe, should it actually happen. Of course, I do have a little bit of love for Kerry.
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