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Considering Travis Wood… Or Something

Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:42
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Look, in the rumor mill, you really have no idea if a move is gonna be made until it’s made.  But damn it’s fun to think about players in your team’s uniform… am I right?

The Yankees allegedly checked in on lefty pitcher Travis Wood.  After all, the Yankees need arms, or at least that’s what I think.

(Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)’s Brendan Kuty has the story:

“The Yankees may be looking to trim their starting rotation openings from two jobs to one.
The team has “checked in” on free agent lefty Travis Wood, though they don’t appear to be the favorites to land him…”

The original story was from Jon Heyman. Anyway, two things stuck out to me in Kuty’s piece:

“Wood, 30, had a solid year for the Cubs in 2016 … in relief. He posted a 2.77 ERA in 61 innings over 77 games, though his strikeout rate (6.9 K/9) was way down from his career high (10.5 K/9) from 2015…

(Armando L. Sanchez, Chicago Tribune)

Wood is a flyball pitcher who doesn’t throw hard. Yes, he’s a lefty, and that helps. But the Yankees tend to gravitate hard throwers with strikeout or groundout tendencies.”

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That falls in line with the Yankees maybe not bringing in Wood.  What they could really use is a starter, and so why bring in a reliever to make a starter when we could easily use Luis Cessa or Chad Green and figure it out with them… you know what I mean?

Look, if anything, it is interesting, but I gotta tell ya. I just don’t see it happening as a starter for Wood in the Bronx.  If Wood can help the Yankees in the pen, just like when they reached out to Sergio Romo before he signed with the Dodgers… I say give that a shot for sure.

Starter though? Nope.

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