Travis Wood Agrees To Deal With Royals
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 14, 2017,
Feb 14, 2017, 4:50
Spring Training is right around the corner and the Kansas City Royals are continuing to add pitching depth. It becoming official is pending a physical. A former full-time starter who has spent much of the last two seasons in the Cubs bullpen, Wood is coming off a season in which he made no starts for the first time in his career.
Wood will get a chance to compete for the fifth spot in the Royals' rotation, joining Chris Young, Matt Strahm, Mike Minor and fellow newcomer Nate Karns as candidates behind Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Vargas and recent signee Jason Hammel.
The 30-year-old has spent the past five seasons with the Cubs. Moore said then "we believe this acquisition solidifies and completes our rotation". But signing Wood gives them some flexibility; his bullpen history means he could provide important relief innings. Over 77 bullpen appearances spanning 61 innings (his lowest-ever Major League Baseball output), he posted a 4-0 record to go with a 2.95 ERA and 1.313 WHIP. Wood even earned a victory in the Division Series against San Francisco.
Wood is the third Cub to make the switch to Royal blue. Outfielder Jorge Soler was traded to the Royals after the 2016 season in exchange for closer Wade Davis, and starting pitcher Jason Hammel inked a deal in Kansas City after the Cubs decided not to pick up his option for the 2017 campaign. The 25-year-old flamethrower, expected to anchor their rotation for years, was killed in a auto crash in the Dominican Republic last month. "Once we got through the shock of Yordano, obviously, you've got to move forward".
The MLB free agency period is underway.