Via Joe Cowley, White Sox beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, we learn via tweet that Kerry Wood will not be going to the White Sox:
Sox-Woods rumors were just blown-up by a source. Sox feel Wood is too expensive even if they don’t get Konerko.
Hey, Joe? It’s “Wood”, not “Woods”. Anyway, that doesn’t leave too many options for the former Cub righthander. He can either stay in New York — a distinct possibility, given, as noted earlier, his good relationship with Yankees manager Joe Girardi, or, if the money is right, re-sign with the Cubs, who let him go two years ago.
Wood’s wife’s family is from the Chicago area and he still has quite a number of ties to the city. It would make sense for that reason, and also from a Cubs standpoint. The Cubs could use another solid setup reliever — if they signed Wood, they could then consider moving Andrew Cashner to the starting rotation and trading Tom Gorzelanny for help elsewhere.
Wood is also known as a team leader and great clubhouse presence, something the Cubs could sorely use.