Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

KC Royals Add Swingman Travis Wood With Two-Year Deal

KC Royals Add Swingman Travis Wood With Two-Year Deal

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

The Kansas City Royals agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent starter Travis Wood, a source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Monday. Moore said then "we believe this acquisition solidifies and completes our rotation". But the deals for Hammel and Wood, combined with a $12 million, two-year deal for designated hitter Brandon Moss, means the Royals could eclipse $140 million in payroll for the second straight year.

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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. In the wake of the tragic death of Yordano Ventura, Kansas City has worked hard to accumulate rotation depth by signing both Hammel and Wood. "He really wanted a multi-year opportunity". 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. As a reliever, he's fared better with an 8-2 record and 2.83 ERA.

He's spent the last five seasons with the Cubs. Wood has a career 4.00 ERA in 259 appearances, 133 of which have been starts.

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