A trio of miscellaneous transactions to note as the weekend comes to a close …
- Old friend Travis Wood will soon be back on the market, as the Padres have designated the 30-year-old lefty for assignment. Wood signed a two-year deal with the Royals before the 2017 season, but his results started to look more like the peripherals we’d grown to fear in his final season with the Cubs. Wood was sent off to the Padres in a complicated, six-player midseason trade, but the Royals are still paying his salary. Wood will be waived and will clear waivers, at which point he’ll be free to sign with a new team. He could get a big league deal (his new team would be on the hook only for the big league minimum ($545,000)), or he could sign a minor league contract and try to win a spot somewhere.
- There are no good stories in Wood’s numbers in 2017, or the numbers behind the numbers behind the numbers. Worse, his velocity, which had ticked up with the Cubs in the last two years as he started working out of the bullpen more frequently, dropped considerably. Thanks to his versatility (both in pitching roles and as an occasional bat (and left fielder!)), Wood should be able to find a job for 2018, even if he first has to prove himself on a minor league deal. And if that team is the Cubs, well, hey, I would never complain about a minor league deal for a guy who was both fun and productive in his time with the team.
The Cubs didn't win a World Series for 108 years without this dude, they finally do, he leaves, and they *IMMEDIATELY* do not win the World Series. Don't argue with sabermetrics. pic.twitter.com/4vhZEFYYir
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) December 18, 2017
- Wait! There were some good numbers for Wood last year – he hit .222/.222/.556, which was good for a nearly-league-average 98 wRC+. He knocked two dingers along the way, too.
- Elsewhere, the Brewers have brought in a starting pitcher, and it’s an old friend of theirs: Yovani Gallardo. The 31-year-old righty has been brutal the last two seasons, pitching for the Orioles and Mariners, with ever conceivable metric backing up on him. Still, he got a big league deal from the Brewers, and he’ll look to rekindle some of that old magic. It seems like Gallardo will have a real shot to win a rotation job with the Brewers, who had otherwise been rumored to be in on some of the big name starters this offseason (and presumably still will be).
- Lastly, the Dodgers finally made a move – well, other than a fancy, luxury-tax-saving accounting move – signing 31-year-old righty Tom Koehler to a one-year deal after he was non-tendered by the Blue Jays. Koehler was a long-time adequate fifth starter type for the Marlins before the Blue Jays picked him up at midseason last year and put him in the bullpen, where he really took off. It was only a 17.0-inning sample, but he posted a 2.65 ERA, a 24.0% K rate, and an 8.0% BB rate out of the pen. On a low-cost, one-year deal for the suddenly cost-conscious Dodgers, that’s a good move.