Travis Wood SP CHC 3 days ago

Manager Joe Maddon expects one pitcher to hold the fifth starter job outright, rather than have Wood and Edwin Jackson share the job.

Jackson had his best performance of the spring Sunday, giving up just one hit in a 4.2-inning stint, but Wood probably still has the edge in the race for the last spot in the rotation.

Travis Wood SP CHC 6 days ago

Wood gave up three runs and five hits in a loss to the Mariners on Wednesday and added a pinch-hit home runs Thursday against the Angels.

Normally a pitcher's hitting stats are hardly worth noting, particularly during the exhibition season, but it certainly can't hurt Wood as he's trying to earn a spot in the Cubs' rotation. As of now, it looks like he's ahead of Edwin Jackson.

Travis Wood SP CHC 1 week ago

Wood will start Wednesday against the Mariners and could be pitching for a spot in the rotation, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

While Wood hasn't been great this spring, he might just be the last man standing. Tsuyoshi Wada and Jacob Turner are hurt, C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson aren't ready yet, and Edwin Jackson gave up eight runs Tuesday.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Wood and Edwin Jackson are the last two contenders remaining for the fifth spot in the Cubs' rotation, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Wood gave up 11 hits to the White Sox on Friday, so he didn't exactly help his cause. He's given up a whopping 21 hits in 14.1 innings this spring, but he's kept his ERA down to a respectable 3.77 thanks to a 10:1 K:BB ratio.

Travis Wood SP CHC 3 weeks ago

Wood gave up four runs (two earned) and seven hits in three innings Tuesday.

Wood was perfect his first time out this spring, but he struggled a bit Tuesday. On the plus side, he struck out two and walked none. He's probably still the leader for the fifth starter job, but the race is far from over.

Travis Wood SP CHC 4 weeks ago

Wood retired all six batters he faced in Thursday's split-squad opener against Oakland.

Wood, who struck out two in the effort, is off to a good start in laying claim to the fifth spot in the Cubs' rotation.

Travis Wood SP CHC 1 month ago

Wood will start in the Cubs' Cactus League opener Thursday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Which Wood will we see in 2015? The one that shocked everyone with a 3.11 ERA in 32 starts in 2013, or the one who fell to earth in 2014? He'll be given every opportunity to win a job in the rotation, but he's also a candidate to be traded, so the Cubs could be showcasing him a little.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 months ago

Wood may be traded before the beginning of camp, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago speculates.

The Phillies are reportedly interested in Wood, who could get dealt along with Welington Castillo. The Cubs may be interested in signing James Shields, which could make Wood expendable. Teams may be interested in the Travis Wood of 2013, but he fell back to earth in 2014, finishing 8-13 with a 5.03 ERA.

Travis Wood SP CHC 2 months ago

Wood avoided arbitration with the Cubs by agreeing to a one-year, $5.685 million deal, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Despite a 5.03 ERA and 1.532 WHIP, Wood could still be valued by the Cubs due to his age (27) and his status as a young pitcher for an organization in need of them. He could also have value as a future trade chip.

Travis Wood SP CHC 6 months ago

Wood struggled in his final start of the season, allowing seven runs�six earned�in five innings.

Wood managed to strike out eight in the outing, but allowed eight hits as well. The lefty ends his disappointing season with a 8-13 record, 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP.