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Travis Wood | Relief Pitcher | #34

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (0) / CIN
Contract: view contract details
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Travis Wood will be in the Royals' bullpen.
Nate Karns was named Kansas City's fifth starter Monday, meaning both Wood and Chris Young are headed to relief roles. Wood signed a two-year, $12 million free agent contract with the Royals in mid-February after shining to a 2.95 ERA in 61 innings last season with the World Series-champion Cubs. He won't carry any fantasy value in the bullpen. Mar 20 - 12:54 PM

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Travis Wood allowed a pair of solo home runs in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

Wood scattered five hits over five innings of work. Two of those left the yard courtesy of Richie Shaffer and Todd Hankins in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. The Royals signed him to a two-year, $12 million contract in mid-February. He has a shot at making the Opening Day rotation.
Mar 18 - 6:58 PM

Travis Wood yielded two earned runs over 2 2/3 innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start against the Reds.

Wood struck out two batters over two scoreless innings in his spring debut last week versus the Rockies and he looked sharp through his first two frames on Tuesday before the wheels fell off in the bottom of the third. Tucker Barnhart and Billy Hamilton both singled, Arismendy Alcantara smacked an RBI triple, Zack Cozart hit a run-scoring sac fly, and Adam Duvall drew a walk before Wood was pulled for Andrew Edwards. Wood, signed to a two-year, $12 million free agent deal in February, will aim to work deeper next time out.
Mar 7 - 6:08 PM

Royals signed LHP Travis Wood to a two-year, $12 million contract with a mutual option for 2019.

The deal is now official. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Wood will make $4 million in 2017 and $6.5 million in 2018 while the mutual option is worth $8 million and carries a $1.5 million buyout. Wood pitched exclusively out of the bullpen with the Cubs last season while posting a 2.95 ERA and 47/24 K/BB ratio over 61 innings, but he's expected to compete with Nate Karns and Chris Young for the fifth spot in the Royals' rotation.
Feb 15 - 10:15 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Travis Wood is signing with the Royals.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says it's a two-year, $12 million contract. Wood pitched exclusively out of the bullpen with the Cubs last season, but he should get a chance to compete with Nate Karns and Matt Strahm for the final spot in the Royals' rotation. The left-hander made an All-Star team as a starter in 2013 when he posted a 3.11 ERA, but he held a 5.03 mark in 2014 in his last full year as a starter.
Feb 13 - 5:13 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent Travis Wood is nearing a deal with a club.

Heyman says an announcement could come Monday. Wood has been searching for a starting job this winter after posting an impressive 2.95 ERA in 61 innings of relief last season for the Cubs. Many teams have already opened camp, but the 30-year-old left-hander should still do quite well from a financial standpoint no matter the role. He's been linked to a range of landing spots.
Feb 13 - 10:23 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Cubs have made offers to free agent left-hander Travis Wood.

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. The Padres and at least two other teams remain in the mix for Wood's services.
Feb 12 - 9:20 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Padres are still in the mix for Travis Wood and Jered Weaver.

Rosenthal notes that the club could probably sign one of Wood or Weaver but not both of them. He also adds that Jake Peavy is less likely of an option for the Padres. It's been reported previously that Weaver has an offer in hand from San Diego for more than $1.75 million, and it would likely cost them more to sign Wood. The lefty worked exclusively in relief for the Cubs in 2016 but should land a shot at a rotation job this winter.
Feb 10 - 4:04 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees have checked in on free agent left-hander Travis Wood.

Heyman adds that the Yankees "don't necessarily seem at forefront of talks at moment," so it could be due diligence more than anything else. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported over the weekend that things were heating up for the southpaw, so we should see some resolution soon. Wood pitched exclusively out of the Cubs' bullpen last season while putting up a 2.95 ERA and 47/24 K/BB ratio over 61 innings, but some team could give him another chance as a starter.
Feb 7 - 12:13 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the market is heating up for free agent southpaw Travis Wood and he could have a deal in place before the end of the weekend.

According to Crasnick, both American and National League clubs are in the mix for Wood, with some teams viewing him as a bullpen piece while others would give him a shot in the starting rotation. He'd be much more useful from a fantasy perspective should he land a spot in a rotation.
Feb 3 - 1:50 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Travis Wood has at least one major league offer from a team that wants him as a starter.

Wood put up a 2.95 ERA last season out of the Cubs' bullpen, but he's had some success in the past as a starter and would like to get a crack at it again. The Cubs would like to re-sign Wood, but they would want him to pitch out of the bullpen again.
Jan 27 - 12:30 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Cubs could re-sign Travis Wood if they're unable to land Tyson Ross.

The Cubs and Rangers look to be the most likely landing spots for Ross at the moment, although Rosenthal says the righty isn't in a rush to sign. Wood put up a 2.95 ERA last season out of Chicago's bullpen, but he's being marketed by a starter by his agent. The Cubs would want him back as a reliever, and he might be more likely to accept a relief role with them than any other club.
Jan 9 - 11:09 PM

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays are also showing interest in Travis Wood.

Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins are some of the other left-handed relief options the Jays are reportedly considering. Wood is currently being pitched as a rotation option by his agent, but he would probably accept a relief role if the price is right and the destination is attractive. There's believed to be interest from 9-10 teams. Wood, 29, put up a sharp 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 61 innings of relief this past year with the World Series-champion Cubs.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 10:22:00 AM

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said that the team remains in contact with Travis Wood.

If the Cubs are to re-sign Wood, they might have a bit of elbowing to do. At least if you are to believe the pitcher's agent. Darek Braunecker said on Wednesday that a whopping 10 teams are in on Wood. This past season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to a sharp 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 61 innings with the World Series champs. Depending on which team signs him, Wood could work as either a reliever or a starter. The Marlins are said to be looking at him in a starting capacity.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 09:22:00 PM

Travis Wood's agent Darek Braunecker said his client is receiving interest from 10 teams.

That might sound like typical agent-speak, but Wood figures to do very well for himself in this market after posting a 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 61 innings of relief for the Cubs in 2016. He has experience as a starter and some teams might be viewing him as a rotation option for 2017, but a bullpen role is probably best.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 07:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jorge Soler
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
6Jake Junis
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Travis Wood
4Chris Young
5Mike Minor
6Kevin McCarthy
7Peter Moylan
8Scott Alexander
9Matt Strahm
10Seth Maness
11Brian Flynn