Report: Phillies May Pursue Free Agent Reliever Kerry Wood
Kerry Wood had a happy, healthy and productive return to the Chicago Cubs in 2011, throwing 51 innings in middle relief for the team that gave him his first shot in the major leagues back in 1998. But Wood is no lock to return to the North Side in 2012 -- ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies are among the clubs with interest in the 34-year-old righthander.
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The Phillies' quest for a setup man is currently in limbo, however, as they await news on the recovery of 40-year-old Jose Contreras from September elbow surgery. If Contreras doesn't show progress in the coming weeks, the Phils may intensify their pursuit of Wood. Wood posted a 3.35 ERA as a middle reliever for the Cubs last season. He accepted a team-friendly one-year, $1.5 million contract to return to Chicago.