Not only is Kerry Wood back, he signed a one-year deal for $1.5 million.
Let's put that into perspective. Jim Hendry once signed Aaron Miles for two years and $4.9 million. He signed Xavier Nady and his one arm to $3.3 million. He will be paying John Grabow $4.8 million this year alone out of the $7.5 million deal signed last year.
He will get paid less than the $2 million going to Jeff Samardzija. It is entirely possible the Cubs will end up paying Koyie Hill a million dollars this year. Koyie. Hill.
Kerry Wood for $1.5 million is a friggin' steal.
Sure, it won't do a lick of good in the overall grand scheme of things, but what the hell. Having Kerry Wood back with the Cubs just feels right. I mean, I feel bad that Mark Prior has a better chance of winning a World Series ring than he does at the moment, but that is his decision.
I have a good four months to envision Cubs leads in the 7th inning completely safe in the hands of Marshall, Wood and Marmol. The reality will then undoubtedly kick me in the groin, but the next four months just got a little easier.