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Manager Ned Yost announced on Monday that Wood would begin the season in the bullpen, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

Added 03/20/17 1:35 pm (EST)
Wood spent all of the 2016 season in the bullpen with the Cubs, posting a 2.95 ERA across 77 relief appearances. It was thought he might make the switch back to being a starter, a role he primarily occupied from 2010 to 2014, however he was beaten out for the last job by recently acquired Nathan Karns. The 30-year-old could see some starts if injuries hit the Royals' rotation, but he will likely spend the majority of the year in a relief role.
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Wood and the Royals agreed to terms on a two-year contract Monday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Added 02/13/17 6:15 pm (EST)
Wood still has to pass a physical for the deal to become official, but all indications are that he'll join the Royals in short order. The left-hander, who spent last season with the Cubs, could be used in the bullpen or as a starter, and it's unclear, exactly, how he'll be used in Kansas City. Wood posted a 2.95 ERA across 77 relief appearances last season, but he has extensive experience as a starter, having been utilized in that role at the major league level almost exclusively from 2010 to 2014.
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Toronto is looking into LHP Travis Wood on the free agent market.

Added 12/19/16 10:43 am (EST)   Source
Wood had a strong year in the Cubs' bullpen, with a 2.95 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. Last year Toronto was sixth in the league in bullpen ERA.
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Cubs are interested in bringing Travis Wood back to the bullpen.

Added 12/02/16 9:31 am (EST)   Source
Wood is testing the free agency market to see if he can be a starting pitching next season over his bullpen role he had for the Cubs. Wood went 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 77 games last season. The Cubs would like to keep a lefty relief pitcher that they are familiar with, and will actively try to keep Wood around with a long-term deal.
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Travis Wood will start in the Cubs' spring opener Thursday.

Added 03/01/16 7:57 pm (EST)   Source
Wood figures to be more of a spot starter than a pitcher working his way into the starting rotation in Chicago. With his strikeout potential, he works out much better as a reliever than a starter, as was seen in 2015.
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Travis Wood will be stretched out this spring.

Added 02/20/16 3:36 pm (EST)   Source
The Cubs are being active in planning for rotation injuries, which inevitably occur during the course of the MLB season. They are also stretching out Trevor Cahill this spring to plan for unforeseen contingencies. Figure Wood to be the option as a starter ahead of Cahill.
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Travis Wood agrees to a one-year $6.17 million deal to avoid arbitration with the Cubs.

Added 01/15/16 12:57 pm (EST)   Source
The 28-year old southpaw impressed the Cubs coaches last year, particularly with his incredible September. Over the final month of the season, he allowed just one earned run in 12 appearances and even converted a pair of saves. He should slot right back in to the seventh or eighth inning for the Cubs in 2016.
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Travis Wood recorded his third save of the season against Cincinnati on Tuesday with no base runners allowed in two-thirds of an inning of work.

Added 09/30/15 3:12 am (EST)   Source
Wood has picked up a couple of saves in the last two weeks, but the Cubs are likely just taking it easy on Hector Rondon with the playoffs coming up. Rondon has pitched just twice in the past week. If you’re desperate for a save or two, Wood might be able to deliver it down the stretch.
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Travis Wood allowed one run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings pitched Saturday against the Cardinals

Added 09/19/15 7:06 pm (EST)   Source
Wood has mostly been an arm out of the bullpen for the Cubs this year but when needed he can give them the occasional spot start. This was the case on Saturday as Wood pitched 2 2/3 thirds against the Cards only allowing one run. Wood will need to impress over the next two weeks in order to gain a roster spot in the playoffs but for now he will take helping them inch closer to the Pirates for the first Wild Card spot. He is now 5-4 on the year with a 4.09 ERA.
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