I know this argument has been beaten to death.
But I know that having a solid addition to the bullpen would benefit this club. Last season, Piniella and Quade had few reliable options from the pen, and the inflated ERA's of many relievers justify the previous statement. Besides Marmol and Marshall, all Cubs relievers last season posted a 4.80 ERA or worse; with a couple stagnating into the tens. With the always injured state of Angel Guzman and the obvious lack of depth for our bullpen, one of Hendry's top priorities should be to bring in a solid reliever, like he did with Eyre and Howry back in 2006 when the bullpen cost us many games in 2005.
Bruce Levine suggests today that the Cubs would be willing to bring back Kerry Wood to the Cubs. As I stated earlier, this argument has been beaten to death many times; and I know one will most likely transpire by the posting of this thread. But, what I want you all to realize is the following: Kerry Wood is vital to this team. Firstly, last season he posted a 3.13 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 46 innings. This automatically would make him the third best reliever on this team if we base the rankings on last year's statistics. His ability to dominate opposing hitters is what we need. In addition, he would bring to this team the face it so badly needs.
Furthormore, his article suggests:
The intangible of Wood's leadership and street cred with the Cubs' fan base would make re-signing Wood a win-win for the team and the player.
Here's his entire article: http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/2633/source-wood-would-be-welcomed-back-to-cubs
This is very true; however, nostalgia would not be the sole reason to bring back Kerry Wood. His ability to strikeout and secure scoreless innings is vital to this team if they want to compete with the rest of the league. It's just not the warm and fuzzy feelings of bringing back a lost fan favorite, Kerry Wood is what this team needs.