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Cubs Close to Bringing Back Wood; Sox Sign Twins Reliever

By Chuck Sudo in News on Dec 16, 2010 5:23PM

2010_12_16_WOOD.jpg The Cubs aren't completely discarding nostalgia. Reports say that the Chicago National League Ballclub is close to bringing back Kerry Wood. Kid K, who successfully made the switch from fireballing starter to relief pitcher, is working on a deal that will be longer than one year. Lending further credence that a deal is close, Wood and his family have moved back to Chicago and put the family's Arizona home on the market.

Meanwhile, the White Sox struck a major blow to their division rival Minnesota, signing relief pitcher Jesse Crain to a three-year deal. Crain will most likely go into the role that JJ Putz had in the bullpen last season. The $13 million dollar deal is also a sign that Jerry Reinsdorf has given Kenny Williams the authority to do what he needs to rebuild the bullpen and field a World Series contender at 35th and Shields.