Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Who would want Wood?

If Kerry Wood is hoping to get traded to a contender, this is no way to go about it. Wood's spectacular blown save Wednesday night will draw the attention of contending teams, but for all the wrong reasons. Giving up a two-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning is a good way for Wood to keep himself anchored to the Indians' roster for the rest of this going-nowhere season.

Following his night at the office Wednesday, when he gave up a two-run home run to Jimmy Rollins with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Phillies a 7-6 win over Indians, Wood now has a record of 1-3, with 3 blown saves and a humongous 7.98 ERA. Those numbers aren't going to generate any phone calls to Tribe GM Mark Shapiro from other GM's asking about Wood's availability. Ironically, Wood is very available, but the way he is pitching, who would want him?

The Wood-Indians marriage has been a disaster from day one. The Indians signed him prior to the 2009 season, under the assumption that they were contenders. Instead, they were pretenders. By mid-season they had begun a fire sale to strip the roster and begin a rebuild that has carried over into 2010. Through it all, Wood has been the elephant in the room - a wildly expensive closer for a team with no money and no hope of contending. In other words, a team with no need for a closer.

The Indians would love to trade Wood, and what's left of his $10.5 million 2010 salary, but he has pitched so poorly it's unlikely any team would have interest in him, unless he suddenly turns his season around. That's probably not going to happen because the last place Indians have so few save situations that Wood rarely pitches in meaningful games, and when he does get the odd save situtation he's usually rusty.

All in all it's bad situation for the Indians and Wood. He appears to be an untradable player at the moment for a team that desperately wants to trade him.


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