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    Wood's best interest or not

    Wood: Leaving Cubs is 'bittersweet' | Hardball

    All of Hendy's quotes made it sound like the Cubs were trying to do Kerry a favor. Nice spin, but that doesn't seem to be what Kerry wanted to do. Sounds to me like they were just trying to save some coin because they already have Marmol.

    Their bullpen better turn out to be dominating or Hendry has some explaining to do. Kerry deserves better if he really wanted to stay and wasn't actually looking for the big contract.



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    The way I read this story is, Wood wanted a certain amount of money. Hendry knew it and didn't want to pay it. Wood would've loved to stay a Cub, but for a price. I was never sold on Wood all season last year. He made me nervous every time he entered the game.


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    Re: Wood's best interest or not

    I hope he finds a place he can close.



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    Re: Wood's best interest or not

    Quote Originally Posted by CTAClone View Post
    The way I read this story is, Wood wanted a certain amount of money. Hendry knew it and didn't want to pay it. Wood would've loved to stay a Cub, but for a price. I was never sold on Wood all season last year. He made me nervous every time he entered the game.
    Can Marmol handle closing? I still think that's what might happen unless something different has been said somewhere.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCyed View Post
    Can Marmol handle closing? I still think that's what might happen unless something different has been said somewhere.
    IMO, no, but that's what they're counting on.



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    Re: Wood's best interest or not

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    IMO, no, but that's what they're counting on.
    I agree. I dont think Marmol is ready for the closer role yet. Wood scared me more time than not, but I have always been a fan. I thought he deserved better from the Cubs. Watch him go somewhere next season and have an even better year and he get a ring.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CTAClone View Post
    The way I read this story is, Wood wanted a certain amount of money. Hendry knew it and didn't want to pay it. Wood would've loved to stay a Cub, but for a price. I was never sold on Wood all season last year. He made me nervous every time he entered the game.
    He would have played for a one year deal. It couldn't have been too pricey. He made me nervous too at times, but you can never have too many good arms in the pen. Heck, you could have swapped roles with him and Marmol.



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    I just hope the money they "saved" on not signing Wood they use to address other needs and not just be cheap.


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    Re: Wood's best interest or not

    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCyed View Post
    Can Marmol handle closing? I still think that's what might happen unless something different has been said somewhere.
    The Cubs acquired Kevin Gregg from the Fish, and it looks like they're going to move him into the closer role. Gregg had 29 saves this past season, but blew 9 save chances, tied for most in the league.

    I would think that eventually the plan is to move Marmol to closer, but its not going to happen right away.

    I think it came down to the fact that Hendry knew what Wood would be worth on the open market, and he didn't want to pay it and didn't want to lowball him. I do think he was doing him a favor, in a roundabout way. Wood will be fine.



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    He would have played for a one year deal. It couldn't have been too pricey. He made me nervous too at times, but you can never have too many good arms in the pen. Heck, you could have swapped roles with him and Marmol.
    That's just it. We don't know the price, but I'm sure Hendry knew what it was. I'd rather see the bullpen weaken and our offense strengthen. I think Hendry realizes this as well. Hopefully he's planning on making some big moves in the off season, and getting rid of Wood makes it seems like he does.

    Would I rather have Wood than Marmol right now closing? Yes.

    Would I rather have Wood or another strong bat in the lineup? I'd take the bat every time.


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    Re: Wood's best interest or not

    Quote Originally Posted by CTAClone View Post
    That's just it. We don't know the price, but I'm sure Hendry knew what it was. I'd rather see the bullpen weaken and our offense strengthen. I think Hendry realizes this as well. Hopefully he's planning on making some big moves in the off season, and getting rid of Wood makes it seems like he does.

    Would I rather have Wood than Marmol right now closing? Yes.

    Would I rather have Wood or another strong bat in the lineup? I'd take the bat every time.
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    With that said, I am not completely unhappy with Marmol being the closer. I think he definitely has it in him... I just think year 1 of closing will be an adventure.



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    Re: Wood's best interest or not

    Quote Originally Posted by CTAClone View Post
    Would I rather have Wood than Marmol right now closing? Yes.

    Would I rather have Wood or another strong bat in the lineup? I'd take the bat every time.
    Wood would have given a home town discount. They could have had both without a looming PR disaster.



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    Re: Wood's best interest or not

    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    I hope he finds a place he can close.
    The Cardinals are looking for a closer...don't be shocked to see him go there!



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    The Cardinals are looking for a closer...don't be shocked to see him go there!
    So are the Brewers.



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    Re: Wood's best interest or not

    Quote Originally Posted by superdorf View Post
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    Exactly. Look at this years Champs. Not the best offense, but they had arguably one of the best bull pens in the majors.

    Losing Wood is going to be a hit to the club no matter what anyone else thinks. The guy was a bulldog and never quit.



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