Indians closer Kerry Wood likely is still not be a highly regarded player to be traded, despite striking out the side in a save during yesterday's 5-3 win against the Reds.
Wood, who is making $10.5 million this season, is 1-3 with a 7.47 ERA and has converted just six saves out of nine chances. Known as a power pitcher, Wood has struck out just 14 batters in 15 2/3 innings across 18 games.
Yesterday's save was his first since June 18 and only his fourth this month.
Last season, Wood could only muster 20 saves.
Contending teams are always interested in hard-throwing relievers at the trade deadline, which is July 31st, but Wood's inconsistency overshadows his sometimes rocket arm.
Wood also has a history of arm troubles, including an injury that kept off the field this season until May 8.
He does, however, have a month to prove to a contender he can be a viable option late in games.
The Indians will surely still try to trade him regardless, giving Chris Perez a second chance to establish himself as a closer. If he doesn't work out, it's hard to say what will happen to the Indians bullpen in the future.
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