jake_harv88 wrote:ok money aside. Dont you think there is some level of embarrassment for the cubs organization if wood gets injured again?
I'll also throw out that wood gets another 3.5 mil based on games played so it would be good to see him pitch more games, but at that point the cubs no longer got him for the original 4.2 mil...
Ultimately it breaks down to this:
Wood gets injured as always - cubs pay 4.2 million and suffer the embarrassment of throwing more money at this guy
Wood pitches well all season - cubs pay closer to 8 million and no longer get this amazing "steal"
Worth it? I think not...
I disagree. When he has been healthy, he has been pretty dominant. If he gets injured, they lose $4.2M. If he stays healthy all season, they will get a dominant closer for between $6-8M. I see that as a positive for the Cubs. Where I see a potential problem is if he has a great season and wants more $$ guaranteed over more years. Then, the Cubs might want to cut bait.
With the crazy contracts being signed (F. Cordero, etc.), I don't see this as being a bad signing.