Royals ink pitcher Travis Wood to 2-year deal

Left-hander Travis Wood

Travis Wood's decision Monday to agree to a two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals gives him the security that he wasn't assured with the Cubs. Moore said then "we believe this acquisition solidifies and completes our rotation". In addition, he also made 133 starts in his career, most recently 98 foe the Cubs from 2012-2015. 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.

The Royals have mined the Cubs this offseason as they aim to build on their 81-81 finish a year ago and return to the World Series, which they reached the previous two years.

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


Wood went 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA for the Chicago Cubs past year in 77 games. "He really wanted a multi-year opportunity".

Wood was a do-it-all pitcher for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs in 2016: Not only did he hit a postseason home run, he played left field a couple of times during the regular season.

He will compete for the fifth slot with a pair of right-handers: Chris Young was 1-8 with a 7.39 ERA in 13 starts last season, and Nathan Karns went 6-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 15 starts with Seattle.

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