KC Royals Add Swingman Travis Wood With Two-Year Deal

KC Royals Add Swingman Travis Wood With Two-Year Deal

Woods strike out numbers did however drop this past season, and with the Cubs not in the market to add another starting pitcher, Wood chose to become a free agent. As a free agent, he was seeking a team that would allow him to earn a rotation berth.

Wood, 30, reportedly signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Kansas City.

"He's a victor", general manager Dayton Moore said.

Primarily a starter during his first five big league seasons, Wood was moved to the bullpen by the Cubs in 2015.

The thought was that Kansas City would open the final spot in the rotation to competition among a handful of promising young pitchers. "Travis Wood gives us an opportunity to do that, match up better".

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Wood had a 2.95 ERA out of the bullpen past year, and tossed 6 1/3 innings of relief during the Cubs' championship run. The verisitility wouldn't stop there as Wood then homered in game 2 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants.

In Kansas City, Wood will also be reunited with right-hander Jason Hammel, his former Cubs teammate.

That's not all. Last season, Wood made three appearances in left field.

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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