The silver lining to the Kerry Wood injury
Well, to the Indians bottom line at least. Rob Neyer reminds us of the vesting option:
They were almost certainly going to try to flip Wood anyway, but now the big worry -- that he wouldn’t pitch well enough to flip -- is no longer a concern. If he stinks, fine, they keep him and he’s gone after the year with no vested option. And of course, as Rob notes, if he pitches well upon his return he can still be traded. For what it’s worth, I’m not a big fan of these kinds of contract incentives because the existence of an “upside” to a player’s injury is a total drag.