Royals sign Travis Wood to a 2-year deal
The Kanas City Royals have been busy the last few weeks trying to sure-up their roster before baseball truly gets underway. Adding guys like Brandon Moss, and Jason Hammel GM Dayton Moore already had Royals fan salivating for what could be in 2017. Today, Monday, February 13th as pitchers and catchers report the Royals made another move to get their fans excited and amped up for the 2017 season.
It came down today that the Royals have signed Travis Wood. Much like Jorge Soler, and Jason Hammel he is an ex-Cub and won a World Series title a year ago. Wood was a very good lefty out of the Cubs bullpen a year ago. Wood pitched 61-innings, posting a 2.95-ERA, going 4-0 out of the pen, a 1.131-WHIP. In 7-years, Wood has a 4.00-ERA, 900-Innings, and a 1.272-WHIP.
The 30-year-old southpaw will compete for the 5th spot in the Royals rotation this spring, however, adding him to the bullpen could gain the Royals another 3-headed-monster from the backend of the bullpen. Strahm, to Wood, to Herrera.
He will be jocking for a rotation spot with the likes of Nathan Karnes, Chris Young, Kyle Zimmer, Matt Strahm, and Mike Minor. Wood has a low 90's fastball, to go along with his cutter, slider, curveball, and change-up.
This move is likely the last addition Kansas City makes prior to opening day.