Kerry Wood and the Chicago Cubs finalized a $1.5 million, one-year contract Friday that sends the righthanded reliever back to the team he started his major-league career with in 1998.
The 33-year-old Wood left the Cubs as a free agent in December 2008, signing with the Cleveland Indians for two years and $20.5 million. He was traded to the Yankees last July.
During a news conference at Wrigley Field on Friday, Wood said he had offers from three or four other teams but left money on the table because he wanted to return to the Cubs and raise his family in Chicago. Wood said he never really wanted to leave in the first place.
Nishioka gets deal. Japanese batting champion Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Minnesota have agreed to a $9.25 million, three-year contract that includes a club option for the 2014 season.
Bonds wants to keep Giambi away. Lawyers for Barry Bonds want to bar slugger Jason Giambi and other former pro athletes from testifying at his perjury trial scheduled to begin March 21. Bonds' lawyers filed papers in federal court Friday asking U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston to prohibit the athletes' testimony and other key evidence tied to Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson.
Illston already has ruled off-limits any evidence connected to Anderson because of his refusal to testify.
More deals. Lefthander Pedro Feliciano reached a preliminary agreement on an $8 million, two-year contract with the Yankees. . . . San Diego agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with second baseman Orlando Hudson. . . . Pittsburgh finalized a two-year, $8 million contract with pitcher Kevin Correia. . . . Outfielder Xavier Nady and catcher Henry Blanco agreed to one-year deals with Arizona. . . . Tampa Bay agreed to a $925,000, one-year contract with reliever Joel Peralta. . . . Houston and Bill Hall agreed to a one-year contract, guaranteeing $3.25 million. . . . Outfielder Carlos Gomez signed a one-year contract with Milwaukee, avoiding salary arbitration.