Wood could be a bargain in Cleveland 

December, 15, 2008
I applaud the Cleveland Indians for giving Kerry Wood a smart, two-year contract. Wood's signing seemed to be minor news in comparison to that K-Rod guy becoming a New York Met, but in the fantasy baseball world -- and the real world, for that matter -- Wood is far better value. Will anyone remember that come draft day in March?

Consider how these relief pitchers are generally viewed by the often gullible public. Francisco Rodriguez just set the record for most saves in a season, with an incomprehensible 62. Every season he's among that group of top closers who gets drafted too early. He has the fancy nickname, playoff success, and now he's on a signature team in a new ballpark, ready to save oh, let's say 45 games. That's right, he's not getting 62 again, you know.

Kerry Wood
Jerry Lai/US PresswireKerry Wood had a solid 34 saves in his one and only season as the Cubs' closer in 2008.