TheYanks04 wrote:It does if Wood is hurt and can't go. Bottom line, Wood is up with Bonds as a complete and total bust this season. Time to cut bait.
If you say so. To me, if he cant start, then just let him have his surgery now (unless he is gonna close and you trade for a SP or move Dempster back to the rotation). Otherwise, Wood pitching middle relief is a waste.
First off, Dempster can't go back to the rotation. Starters can go to the BP, but a closer has conditioned his arm as such that he won't be able to go back to the rotation without spending an extended amount of time regaining his stamina.
The Cubs won't use Wood as the closer. Dusty hasn't had a solid guy in the ninth since Joe-Bo went down, and he sure as hell won't ruin what he has going right now. If Dempster suddenly struggles, there's a chance, but otherwise Wood will might try to slide into the setup role, which would fill a glaring weakness in the Chicago pen if he's successful.
I don't think they will need another starter. Rich Hill should fill in nicely, and if he struggles, they'll drop Rusch back in (he's mostly been in extended relief work, and could jump back in the rotation at a moment's notice).
If the Cubs do make a deal, I'd wager that it will include Gerut, C-Pat and possibly even Nomar. I mean, couldn't you see Nomar playing 2B for the Yanks?