But he will be given an opportunity to earn a job in the Royals' starting rotation this spring.
The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have signed left-handed pitcher Travis Wood to a two-year contract, with a mutual option for the 2019 season.
"He's a victor", general manager Dayton Moore said.
Last season Wood pitched in 77 games, posting a 2.95 ERA and helping the Cubs claim their first World Series title since 1908.
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The thought was that Kansas City would open the final spot in the rotation to competition among a handful of promising young pitchers. Coming off a World Series title with the Chicago Cubs, Wood hopes to earn a starting slot in a rotation shaken by the death of Yordano Ventura in a auto accident.
Primarily a starter during his first five big league seasons, Wood was moved to the bullpen by the Cubs in 2015.
Wood, who recently turned 30, is just the third starter to get a multi-year guarantee this winter, joining Hammel, Rich Hill (Dodgers), Charlie Morton (Astros), Ivan Nova (Pirates) and Edinson Volquez (Marlins). In 7-years, Wood has a 4.00-ERA, 900-Innings, and a 1.272-WHIP. As a reliever, he's fared better with an 8-2 record and 2.83 ERA. In his 133 career starts, the left-hander is 35-50 with a 4.19 ERA.
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