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Cleveland likely won't giftwrap Kerry Wood for Twins

  • Blog Post by: Phil Miller
  • March 11, 2010 - 9:47 AM

Kerry Wood is a potential trade target for the Twins, as they look for replacement options for closer Joe Nathan. But as longtime Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes writes, Nathan's injury might actually strengthen Cleveland's resolve to keep Wood, at least until mid-season:

At this moment, the race in the AL Central has tightened. The Twins have been weakened, which means the Indians' chances of contending have improved. They're still a long shot. They have to be with question marks Jake Westbrook, Fausto Carmona and Justin Masterson as their top three starters, but they have drawn closer.

... They owe [Wood] $10.5 million, an obscene contract on a team cutting payroll, but the thinking was that if Wood was going to rebound from an inconsistent 2009, why shouldn't it be for the Indians? At least until the All-Star break.

If the Indians are out of contention by then, the work of trading Wood would be easier. When teams inquired about him over the winter, they wanted the Indians to absorb most of his 2010 salary. It didn't make sense then and it still doesn't today.

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