Travis Wood Agrees To Deal With Royals

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Travis Wood wanted to start, and the Kansas City Royals had a need.

"He's a victor", general manager Dayton Moore said.

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In signing with the Royals, Wood joins a pair of former Cubs that were with the team for their World Series run. We like the depth of our rotation. In addition, he also made 133 starts in his career, most recently 98 foe the Cubs from 2012-2015.

Wood is likely to compete for a spot in the Royals rotation. "He really wanted a multi-year opportunity". But the deals for Hammel and Wood, combined with a $12 million, two-year deal for designated hitter Brandon Moss, means the Royals could eclipse $140 million in payroll for the second straight year.

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Wood notched a solid 2.95 ERA and 6.9 K/9 in 61 innings over 77 relief appearances past year in Chicago, where he last appeared as a regular starter in 2014. As a reliever, he's fared better with an 8-2 record and 2.83 ERA.

A 2013 National League All-Star, Wood has spent the last five seasons with the Cubs, after coming to Chicago in a trade with Cincinnati in 2011. In a corresponding roster move, pitcher Brian Flynn has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with a stable lumbar vertebral fracture.

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Woods is 35-50 with a 4.19 as a starter in his career.

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