24 hours ago Kerry Wood looked to have probably played his final game as a Chicago Cub as the offers that the Cubs had made were nowhere near what he was getting from other clubs including the Phillies and Tigers. The Reds had also expressed interest but after they were able to sign Ryan Madson to a 1-year deal on Tuesday evening that ended their pursuit of Wood.
Wood has always wanted to stay in Chicago with his family making their full-time home here and his love for the organization never in doubt. However, as of yesterday morning the Cubs' offer was not where it needed to be. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have always spoken glowingly about Wood and their desire to keep him with the Cubs and Epstein even went as far as to say that "if we can't get a deal done with Kerry Wood then we are doing something wrong." Wood though took a below market deal a year ago and was not willing to do so again, especially when the Cubs do not have the budgetary constraints that they had last winter. It appears that later yesterday the two sides found some common ground and a deal appears much more likely.
That deal is not yet done but it now appears it will be and Wood will be where he belongs when the 2012 season begins and that is wearing a Cubs uniform.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the injury to Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs offense coming alive against the Pirates and the playoff chase with 2 weeks left in the season.
01:00 How worried are you about Rizzo's injury
05:00 Wrigley's reaction to Rizzo's injury
08:00 Bryant leads the Cubs offense against the Pirates
10:00 Heyward's resurgence after moving out of leadoff spot
12:00 Nico Hoerner's looks impressive in first series at Wrigley
15:00 How do Cubs stand with 2 weeks left?
17:00 Cubs have a chance to make up ground with Cardinals playing Nationals
18:30 Brewers staying in race without Yelich
Listen here or in the embedded player below.
Cubs Talk Podcast
Offense came in bunches this weekend at Wrigley Field.
After scoring 17 and 14 runs on Friday and Saturday respectively, the Cubs continued their offensive barrage on Sunday. With 16 runs scored Sunday against the Pirates, the North Siders bumped their weekend total to a whopping 47 (yes, really).
According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, the Cubs' franchise record for most runs scored in a single three-game series is 48 (set in 1894). Despite coming one run short of tying their franchise water mark, though, the Cubs did score at a historic level:
Although their offensive outburst came against the last place Pirates, the Cubs have to be happy with their performance. Before welcoming Pittsburgh to town, the Cubs scored a combined 22 runs Monday-Thursday in their four-game series against the Padres.
Unfortunately, Sunday's series finale saw Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo go down with a nasty right ankle sprain in the third inning. The Cubs announced later in the game that X-rays didn't reveal a fracture in Rizzo's ankle. However, he'll undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the sprain.
In lighter news, the Cubs will enter Monday just two games back of the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central, as the Brewers took down St. Louis 7-6 on Sunday. The Cubs and their fans will certainly hold their breath on Monday awaiting news on Rizzo, though.
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