bmcginni wrote:Apparently Wood is resistant to the idea of taking on the closer role. Additionally, w/ the Cubs rotation in the shambles that it finds itself in, I wouldn't look for Wood to close anytime soon. Zambrano has, cough, "tennis elbow," cough, Dempster is shite, and Prior is a question mark. If Wood is permanently out of the rotation, that likely gives you BOTH Dempster & Rusch as starters-not exactly a scary lineup. Will Ohman? Angel Guzman? Sergio Mitre? Let's hope not.
I'm sure Wood hates the idea. Interesting to note that Hermanson did as well when he first went from starter to closer, and it resurrected his career. Clearly, Wood and Hermanson are not in the same class as SP's, so it's apples and oranges, but worth mentioning nonetheless.
As for whether it's a good move or not, I don't know...I don't rule it out. Fact is, for all of Wood's domination when right, he's never been a big winner as he simply cannot stay healthy. Maybe it's worth exploring.