Thursday, 23 March, 2017

Royals signing former Cubs pitcher Travis Wood

Left-hander Travis Wood Left-hander Travis Wood
Nathaniel Diaz | 16 February, 2017, 01:14

The 30-year-old Wood has spent the past five seasons with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, where he posted a 2.95 ERA while working exclusively out of the bullpen last year.

Jon Heyman from Today's Knuckleball at Fanrag.com indicated that the contract was a two-year, $12 million deal.

Wood appeared in 259 games for the Cubs over seven seasons, including 133 starts.

Just a week ago, Royals general manager Dayton Moore sat deep within Kauffman Stadium and admitted that he was probably finished building his starting rotation ahead of spring training.

In signing with the Royals, Wood joins a pair of former Cubs that were with the team for their World Series run.

"I wanted to try to get back to it and they're going to give me an opportunity to do that, so we're going to give it everything I've got", Wood said. In 7-years, Wood has a 4.00-ERA, 900-Innings, and a 1.272-WHIP. In a corresponding roster move, pitcher Brian Flynn has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with a stable lumbar vertebral fracture.

Wood, who just turned 30 this month, has spent the last five seasons with the Cubs after spending his first two Major League Baseball seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. As a reliever, he's fared better with an 8-2 record and 2.83 ERA.

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