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Royals sign pitcher Travis Wood to 2-year contract
2/15/2017 8:16:29 PM
Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Surprise, AZ, United States (4E Sports) - The Kansas City Royals have signed left-hander Travis Wood to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2019.

According to MLB.com, Wood will make $4 million in 2017, $6.5 million in 2018 with an $8 million mutual option for 2019 with a $1.5 million buyout. Wood also could max out with $1 million of performance bonuses each year of the deal.

A starter the first five years of his career with the Reds and Cubs, Wood transitioned to the bullpen in 2015. Last season, he made a career-high 77 appearances with a 2.95 ERA en route to a World Series title with Chicago.

"It's not that difficult to go back and forth from the bullpen to starting," Wood said. "I'll do whatever they want me to do. But I would like the chance to start, and I'll get that here."

Wood had a 3.94 ERA in 220 games (98 starts) in Chicago. In 2016 as a reliever, he had a 2.95 ERA in 61 innings in 77 games

To make room on the roster, the Royals placed pitcher Brian Flynn on the 60-day disabled list.

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