Report: Wood returns to Cubs

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CHICAGO - Kerry Wood appears to be headed back to the team that made him the fourth overall pick in the 1995 draft.

According to the Chicago Sun Times on Thursday, Wood signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, with whom he spent the first 11 years of his roller-coaster career.

Wood burst onto the major-league scene in 1998, winning the National League Rookie of the Year award after striking out 233 batters in 166 2/3 innings as a starter with Chicago.

Tommy John surgery cost the flame-thrower the 1999 campaign, though he came back with double-digit winning seasons from 2001-03. More injuries curbed his production after he recorded 266 strikeouts in 2003, and he was moved to the bullpen, where in 2008 he saved 34 games for the Cubs.

He spent the next two seasons with the Cleveland Indians, who traded him to the New York Yankees at last season's trade deadline. In 24 games out of New York's bullpen, the two-time All Star thrived with a 0.69 earned-run average and a 1.23 walks/hits per inning pitched.

Thursday's report indicated the Yankees, Red Sox and White Sox offered Wood more lucrative contracts.

In 381 career games -- 178 starts -- the 33-year-old Wood has posted an 83-68 record with 62 saves. He has also struck out 1,519 hitters in 1,320 1/3 innings.


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