Travis Wood Agrees To Deal With Royals

Travis Wood Agrees To Deal With Royals

According to multiple reports, former Chicago Cubs pitcher Travis Wood has agreed to a two-year deal with the Kansas City Royals.

This move is likely the last addition Kansas City makes prior to opening day. But signing Wood gives them some flexibility; his bullpen history means he could provide important relief innings. Coming off a World Series title with the Chicago Cubs, Wood hopes to earn a starting slot in a rotation shaken by the death of Yordano Ventura in a auto accident.

Wood had a memorable postseason for the 2016 World Champions, making appearances in nine playoff games, going 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA (2 ER in 6.1 IP) with two walks and seven strikeouts.

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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. "He really wanted a multi-year opportunity".

A 2013 National League All-Star, Wood has spent the last five seasons with the Cubs, after coming to Chicago in a trade with Cincinnati in 2011. In his 133 career starts, the left-hander is 35-50 with a 4.19 ERA.

Wood had a 2.95 ERA out of the bullpen previous year, and tossed 6 1/3 innings of relief during the Cubs' championship run. As a reliever, he's fared better with an 8-2 record and 2.83 ERA.

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