Travis Wood Signs Contract With Royals

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Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore added his second pitcher on Monday by agreeing to a two-year contract with free-agent lefty Travis Wood. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN were the first to report the story, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports corroborated the reports as well.

The deal, worth $12 million, is pending a physical.

Wood was a starter in his first three seasons with the Cubs, then switched to the bullpen when the Cubs won 97 games in 2015 and 103 in 2016, which culminated in the franchise's first World Series.

Wood, 30, posted a 2.95 ERA in 61 innings in 77 relief appearances for the Chicago Cubs in 2016. The ERA was his best in any Major League Baseball season; his WHIP was his best mark since his rookie season of 2010. Wood has a career 4.00 ERA in 259 appearances, 133 of which have been starts. As a reliever, he's fared better with an 8-2 record and 2.83 ERA.

Wood has expressed a desire to start and likely will compete for the fifth spot in the rotation behind Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Vargas and Cole Hammel.

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