Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010
According to Comcast SportsNet's David Kaplan, the Cubs are moving towards finalizing a deal for free agent reliever and former Cub, Kerry Wood.
Citing his relationship with general manager Jim Hendry and that he's made Chicago his permanent home, the Cubs are expected to finalize the deal by the end of the week.
Since leaving the Cubs after the 2008 season, Wood has pitched with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.
After being traded to the Yankees at the 2010 trade deadline, Wood pitched in 24 games covering 26 innings with a 0.69 ERA and 10 holds. In eight innings of playoff relief, Wood recorded three holds with a 2.25 ERA.
Stay with Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com for more information on this developing story.
The Chicago sports world lost another central figure in its history Wednesday.
The day after Jerry Krause died, former Cubs executive Dallas Green passed away at the age of 82.
Green was the Cubs' general manager from 1981-1987. He was considered the architect of the 1984 Cubs, where the team went 96-65 and finished first in the division.
One of his most notable moves was acquiring Ryne Sandberg, who was a minor leaguer at the time, in 1982. Two years later, Green was named Executive of the Year while Sandberg was named NL Most Valuable Player.
Green was also a vital part in rebuilding the Cubs' farm system, where players like Greg Maddux, Rafael Palmeiro, Jamie Moyer and Mark Grace came up under Green's watch.
Before Kris Bryant kicks off only his second full season in the big legaues (hard to imagine, right?), he and the Cubs will visit Las Vegas to take on the Cincinnati Reds in a pair of exhibition games this weekend.
It's a homecoming for Bryant, who was raised in Vegas and attended Bonanza High School in the Las Vegas Valley.
That's where his baseball career began in earnest and also where he met his high school sweetheart, Jessica, whom he married in January.
Red Bull did a photoshoot with Bryant - who is spending a ton of time modeling now as a rising star and one of the faces of baseball - returning to his roots:
They also filmed a video touching on some of Bryant's favorite memories, like the time he pulled a Kyle Schwarber and nailed a car windshield with a homer.
What a week for Bryant, who also earned a spot on the Sports Illustrated 2017 season preview cover:
And just for funsies, here's Bryant the day he signed with the Cubs in 2013 with new CSN Cubs pre/postgame analyst David DeJesus: