There has been some returning veterans this spring who have come back to the Cubs after spending time around the league. Kerry Wood, Todd Wellemeyer, Reed Johnson, Augie Ojeda, and Scott Moore have all been invited to camp for non-roster positions.
In Kerry Wood’s case, he took a pay cut to come back to the Cubs. I like that signing because he was a huge part of the Cubs success a few years ago and he’ll probably finish his career in Chicago.
Reed Johnson is returning to the Cubs after a brief campaign with the LA Dodgers. He’s a great player and I’ve always been a fan of his from his time in Toronto.
This is Ojeda’s third time around with Chicago. At 36, he’ll likely finish his career here also.
Scott Moore and Ojeda turned down other offers to go back with the Cubs and this is a good sign because these are the players a team wants. Character guys who want to be there competing everyday and even if the team doesn’t fare well this year, we know it’s going to be competitive.
Who can forget Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout game shutout in 1998. Yes, hopefully, Wood will bring back some of the heat and help lead the Cubs back to the World Series.