Wood was drafted by the Reds in the second round of the June 2005 draft.
Just a week ago, Royals general manager Dayton Moore sat deep within Kauffman Stadium and admitted that he was probably finished building his starting rotation ahead of spring training.
A person familiar with the deal says the Kansas City Royals and left-hander Travis Wood have agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract.
Primarily a starter during his first five big league seasons, Wood was moved to the bullpen by the Cubs in 2015. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN were the first to report the story, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports corroborated the reports as well.
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It came down today that the Royals have signed Travis Wood.
Wood notched a solid 2.95 ERA and 6.9 K/9 in 61 innings over 77 relief appearances previous year in Chicago, where he last appeared as a regular starter in 2014. The verisitility wouldn't stop there as Wood then homered in game 2 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants. He will work out of the Royals' bullpen if he does not crack the rotation, and is the third ex-Cub (joining Hammel and Jorge Soler) to join the Royals this winter.
Wood will be reunited with two other members of last year's Cubs championship team in Kansas City. In 7-years, Wood has a 4.00-ERA, 900-Innings, and a 1.272-WHIP.