Travis Wood RP KC 6 days ago
Manager Ned Yost announced on Monday that Wood would begin the season in the bullpen, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
Wood spent all of the 2016 season in the bullpen with the Cubs, posting a 2.95 ERA across 77 relief appearances. It was thought he might make the switch back to being a starter, a role he primarily occupied from 2010 to 2014, however he was beaten out for the last job by recently acquired Nathan Karns. The 30-year-old could see some starts if injuries hit the Royals' rotation, but he will likely spend the majority of the year in a relief role.
Travis Wood RP KC 1 month ago
Wood and the Royals agreed to terms on a two-year contract Monday, the Kansas City Star reports.
Wood still has to pass a physical for the deal to become official, but all indications are that he'll join the Royals in short order. The left-hander, who spent last season with the Cubs, could be used in the bullpen or as a starter, and it's unclear, exactly, what Kansas City's plan is at this time. Wood posted a 2.95 ERA across 77 relief appearances last season, but he has extensive experience as a starter, having been utilized in that role at the major league level almost exclusively from 2010 to 2014.
Travis Wood RP KC 3 months ago
Wood, who's spent the last five seasons with the Cubs, is drawing interest from the Blue Jays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportnet reports.
Toronto is frantically searching to replace left-hander Brett Cecil, who signed as a free agent with the Cardinals. Wood avoided arbitration when he signed a one-year, $6.7 million deal with the Cubs in January 2016. The 29-year-old southpaw went on to post a 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 77 games for the World Champions.
Travis Wood RP KC 8 months ago
Wood has pitched just one-third of an inning so far in August.
The Cubs recently added Aroldis Chapman, Mike Montgomery, Joe Nathan, and Joe Smith to their bullpen, so someone had to lose playing time. Right now, that someone appears to be Wood, who made 52 appearances through July 31. With a 2.68 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, Wood isn't done yet, but he was likely getting leaned on too much, so his opportunities may continue to dwindle over the season's final months.
Travis Wood RP KC 9 months ago
Wood struck out one over 1.1 scoreless innings against the Mets on Saturday.
Wood got four outs but only faced three hitters Saturday, as he induced the first batter he faced in relief of Jake Arrieta to hit into a double play. He's been a valuable part of the Cubs' pen this year, earning a 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 33.2 innings.
Travis Wood RP KC 10 months ago
Wood (3-0) played the role of hero on Monday, tossing four perfect innings of relief against the Dodgers after starter Jason Hammel left with injury.
Wood combined with three other relievers to no-hit the Dodgers for the final seven innings of the Memorial Day matinee. The lefty has been magnificent out of the bullpen in 2016, registering a 2.79 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. He could be an option to start down the road if the Cubs suffer an injury in the rotation.
Travis Wood RP KC 10 months ago
Wood pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and earned the win in the Cubs' 2-1 victory over the Brewers in 13 innings Wednesday.
Wood actually drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk in the the top of the 13th. While he's walked five batters and hit another in just 11 innings this year, opposing hitters are hitting just .195 against him, keeping his ERA in a safe area.
Travis Wood RP KC 11 months ago
Wood pitched 0.2 innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves, walking one batter and retiring two others.
Having appeared in 11 games this season, Wood is continuing to show his value to the Cubs by shutting down batters in short stints out of the bullpen. The only blemish on his game logs this season is an outing where he surrendered two runs in less than one inning. Apart from that game, Wood hasn't given up any runs and is carrying a 0.95 WHIP and 9.95 K/9.
Travis Wood RP KC 12 months ago
Wood struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Monday.
Wood likely won't pitch in the ninth inning in close Cubs wins this year, but he came into the game with a nine-run lead.
Travis Wood RP KC 1 year ago
Wood pitched two innings Friday against the White Sox, striking out three and walking one.
Wood has been stretched out a tad this spring, never pitching fewer than two innings in any of his appearances, but he's ticketed for the Cubs' bullpen, especially with Kyle Hendricks pitching so well.