Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Royals sign ex-Red Travis Wood

Royals sign ex-Red Travis Wood

Wood was primarily a starter for the Reds, but he made just nine starts in 131 appearances for the Cubs over the past two seasons.

Wood, 30, will join the competition for a job in the team's starting rotation.

Do not be surprised if you see new Royals pitcher Travis Wood pinch-hit at some point this season. But signing Wood gives them some flexibility; his bullpen history means he could provide important relief innings.

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Last season Wood pitched in 77 games, posting a 2.95 ERA and helping the Cubs claim their first World Series title since 1908. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN were the first to report the story, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports corroborated the reports as well. Wood even earned a victory in the Division Series against San Francisco. He will work out of the Royals' bullpen if he does not crack the rotation, and is the third ex-Cub (joining Hammel and Jorge Soler) to join the Royals this winter.

"Obviously we weren't in the starting pitcher market", Moore said last week. "We have a baseball season to play, a team we are responsible for, players we are committed to and a fan base we're responsible for as well".

Wood spent two years with the Reds, going 11-10 with a 4.18 ERA.

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