MLB: Are the Cubs Bringing back Wood?

| by Off The Record

Kerry Wood played for the Chicago Cubs for the first 10 years of his career, but no one knows it because he was on the disabled list the entire time. He has since been healthier and bounced around with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.

But, according to Chicago Now, it looks like the Cubs could be close to bringing the now setup man back.

“Wood has made Chicago his permanent home and told me just last week that whatever decision he made about where he would pitch in 2011 had to be a good fit for his family,” writes David Kaplan. “Being able to stay home and his longtime relationship with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry are huge factors in the Cubs favor.”

Wood has become an excellent setup man, going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in 24 games for the Yankees last year. He’d be the bridge to Carlos Marmol. And with Sean Marshall providing lefty help, the back end of the Cubs bullpen could be pretty nasty.

As for starting pitching and hitting? Can’t help you there.