SP,RP - FA
Travis Wood and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a 2-year deal worth $12M.
Travis Wood is expected to compete for a back-end rotation spot in a somewhat weak Royals rotation. In 2016 Wood finished with a 4-0 record, 1.13 WHIP, and a 2.95 ERA in 61 innings pitched as a relief pitcher. Wood can be considered a nice sleeper pick in any draft, especially if he earns that rotation spot.
Free agent RP Travis Wood has been considered by many teams this offseason and the Yankees are the most recent suitor. Wood is being looked at as both a reliever and a starter and the Yankees could use him in both roles considering their lack of depth in the rotation. He had a 4-0 record and 2.95 ERA with the Cubs last season.
Wood was a key part of the Cubs' bullpen in 2016 and was an All-Star SP with the Cubs in 2013. He only made nine starts with the Cubs in 2015, and limped to a 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts in 2014, so many teams have considered him as a reliever this offseason. Wood has only topped 200 innings pitched in a season once, so he probably should be a swing man at the most, but his 1.27 career WHIP is valuable.
Travis Wood had an interesting night Tuesday against his former team the Reds. Wood went from LF to pitcher back to LF and back to pitcher.
Wood allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings against the Reds. He didn't get a hold, but in a very deep league that counts holds, Wood could provide some value given his usage this year. Wood should only be considered in leagues that have over 12 teams.
Wood came into the game in relief of Hammel and threw four perfect innings, during which the Cubs took the lead and held on.
This was his third victory without a loss. He continues to find ways to help the Cubs out of the bullpen. He is probably not a difference-maker in most leagues but he might shave some points off the ratios and pick up the occasional win.
Cubs reliever Travis Wood pitched two perfect innings Friday as the Cubs fell to the Nationals 7-5. Wood struck out three as he dropped his ERA to 5.19 this season.
Wood has settled into his long-relief role nicely as he has a 2.84 ERA with a 12.79 K/9 rate in 6.1 innings. Wood will remain in the bullpen until further notice. If the Cubs need a spot starter or a hole opens in the rotation, Wood is the most likely candidate to get the nod. Until then Wood does not hold much fantasy value.