Royals signing former Cubs pitcher Travis Wood

  • Royals signing former Cubs pitcher Travis Wood

Royals signing former Cubs pitcher Travis Wood

According to multiple reports, former Chicago Cubs pitcher Travis Wood has agreed to a two-year deal with the Kansas City Royals. 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 deal, worth $12 million, is pending a physical.

The 30-year-old southpaw has pitched for the Cubs for the last five seasons, but would continue to be used in a swingman role and he has a desire to start.

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Though he pitched exclusively from the bullpen in 2016, Wood does have substantial starting experience, logging 133 out of 259 career appearances; both the Reds and Cubs used him nearly exclusively in that role until the 2015 season. He not only contributed as a reliever for Chicago, he also played left field in the playoffs.

Wood went 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA for the Chicago Cubs past year in 77 games.

For his career, Maness owns a 17-10 record and 3.19 ERA with seven saves. It's believed he will have that chance with the Royals.