Heyman: Travis Wood agrees to deal with Royals

Posted February 16, 2017

The 30-year-old left-hander and the Royals finalized a $12 million, two-year contract Wednesday.

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

Wood is the third Cub to make the switch to Royal blue.

It came down today that the Royals have signed Travis Wood.

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His strikeout numbers did take a bit of a dip, but with the Cubs not in need of another starting pitcher, Wood opted to test the free agent market and see if he could find a team that would give him that opportunity.

Wood was primarily a starter for the Reds, but he made just nine starts in 131 appearances for the Cubs over the past two seasons.

Wood gets $4 million this year and $6.5 million in 2018, and the agreement includes and $8.5 mutual option for 2019 with a $1.5 million buyout. As a reliever, he's fared better with an 8-2 record and 2.83 ERA. In a corresponding roster move, pitcher Brian Flynn has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with a stable lumbar vertebral fracture.

Wood was a do-it-all pitcher for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs in 2016: Not only did he hit a postseason home run, he played left field a couple of times during the regular season. Wood has a career 4.00 ERA in 259 appearances, 133 of which have been starts.