"He's a victor", general manager Dayton Moore said. 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. We like the depth of our rotation.
The 30-year-old has spent the past five seasons with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, first as a starter and then working exclusively out of the bullpen last year. But he will be given an opportunity to earn a job in the Royals' starting rotation this spring. But signing Wood gives them some flexibility; his bullpen history means he could provide important relief innings. But the deals for Hammel and Wood, combined with a $12 million, two-year deal for designated hitter Brandon Moss, means the Royals could eclipse $140 million in payroll for the second straight year.
One of the Cubs' biggest missions will be trying to patch the void left by Wood, who posted a 2.95 ERA in 77 appearances and limited left-handed batters to a.128 batting average. "Wherever I fit in is what I'll do".
In a corresponding roster move, pitcher Brian Flynn was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a stable lumbar vertebral fracture.
He will compete for the fifth slot with a pair of right-handers: Chris Young was 1-8 with a 7.39 ERA in 13 starts last season, and Nathan Karns went 6-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 15 starts with Seattle. He has a 43-52 career record with a 4.00 ERA in 133 starts and 126 relief appearances.