Wood agreed to terms with the Cubs on a one-year, $6.17 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Chicago Tribune reports. Wood shifted over to a primarily bullpen role in 2015, making just nine starts compared to 45 appearances out of the bullpen. He figures to return to the pen next season to hold down a key role in long relief.
Cubs pitcher Travis Wood allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out three over 2 2/3 innings in Saturday's start. He tossed 46 pitches as the first man up in a bullpen day for the Cubs and did an adequate job. Expect Wood to head back to long relief after this outing.
Cubs relief pitcher Travis Wood will start Saturday's game against the Cardinals, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Wood pitched Thursday night in relief, so it's likely he will only pitch a few innings maximum in the contest. He's likely just a temporary fill-in, and he probably won't start many or any more games down the stretch.
Cubs reliever Travis Wood picked up his second save of the season in a 9-6 victory over the Pirates on Thursday, striking out five of six batters over two innings. Wood has actually now whiffed 10 of the last 18 hitters he's faced over two appearances, racking up an absurd 56 percent strikeout rate over that period. The appearance Thursday also marked the sixth consecutive trip to the mound in which Wood has not surrendered an earned run. An outstanding 10.76 K/9 rate continues to serve as the most valuable asset he brings to the mound.
The Cubs needed reliever Travis Wood to pitch a few innings as a starter Saturday after pushing Dan Haren back to Sunday. Wood gave them all they could have asked for. The southpaw pitched three shutout innings against Philadelphia in an eventual loss. He gave up three hits, walked none and fanned five. The start was his first since May 14. He has not allowed an earned run over his last six innings pitched.