The Indians have activated reliever Kerry Wood, who was on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger.
This is a player the Red Sox might monitor for a few days to see how his finger is doing. Wood could be had for minimal player price but you’d have to be willing to pick up the remainder of the $10.5 million remaining on his contract and deal with an option year next year. Wood hadn’t had a great year, but he still throws hard and had allowed only one run over his last six outings before shutting it down on July 11th.
The Red Sox are looking for an impactful reliever and not just a guy. The Rays just traded for D-Backs reliever Chad Qualls, who hasn’t pitched well all season.
Wood would likely pass through waivers after the non-waiver deadline expires at 4 p.m. because of his price tag.
Wood is intriguing because of his power arm and his experience. He would have to be wiling to be a 7th inning reliever for the last 50something games.
Just someone to watch.