‘Tis the season for Baseball Winter Meetings, rumors and free agent acquisitions. While I’ve been in the “Tribe won’t do anything worth mentioning” camp for quite a while now, the news that Kerry Wood is being considered as our 2009 closer is definitely worth mentioning.
Details that are key to the situation:
- Two-years with a possible option for a third.
- We need help for the bullpen, and Wood had 34 saves last year
- Wood has a cannon for an arm; as in 84 K in 66 innings cannon
As TD put it best, we really haven’t had a dominant closer since the days of Jose Mesa. And as much as that one blown save will always be his lasting mark, the guy threw unhittable balls for the majority of his saves. Sure, Wood may have a bit of an injury history. But he’s considerably younger than Trevor Hoffman, throws considerably harder than Jensen Lewis, and would cost considerably less dollars that Francisco Rodriguez.
Whether you’re in the belief that Jensen Lewis can get the job done for an entire season or not, you have to admit that adding Wood would only make our ‘pen situation that much better.
(Update: Looks like Wood could take Tom Mastney’s spot since he’s going “Childress.”)