The Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies have shown the strongest interest in free-agent reliever Kerry Wood, major-league sources say.
Wood, 34, resides in Chicago and has previously indicated that he would like to remain with the Cubs – where he has spent 11 of his 13 big-league seasons. But more than two months have passed this off-season without an agreement between Wood’s representatives and the Cubs.
While the Cubs are a team in transition, the Phillies are carrying a hefty payroll and championship expectations into the 2012 season. Philadelphia does appear to be one reliever short; key contributors Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge were lost to free agency, while the status of Jose Contreras is unclear after he underwent arm surgery in September.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported earlier Sunday that the Phillies were considering Wood.
-- Jon Paul Morosi