Wood signs with Kansas City
Despite a reported offer from the Cubs, left-handed pitcher and sometime left-fielder Travis Wood agreed to a two-year deal with Kansas City for a reported $12 million. Wood joins World Series teammates Jason Hammel and Jorge Soler on the Royals roster. Wood was acquired by the Cubs back in 2011 along with Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torres from the Reds for LHP Sean Marshall. Last year, he appeared in a career-high 77 games out of the bullpen and went 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 61 innings. In five years with the Cubs, Wood made 98 starts and was 32-42 with a 3.94 ERA in 691 innings and was an all-star in 2013.
Rollins clears waivers
Left-handed pitcher David Rollins has cleared waivers, been outrighted to Iowa and invited to camp as a non-roster player. Its been an adventurous off-season for the 27-year-old who was claimed by the Cubs off waivers from Seattle back on Nov. 18. After the Cubs tried to clear him through the waiver wire but Texas claimed him. After the Rangers tried to clear him through waivers, Philadelphia claimed him on Dec. 2 and designated him for assignment on Dec. 14. Texas re-claimed Rollins but he was claimed again by the Cubs on Dec. 23. When the Cubs acquired Alec Mills, Rollins was designated for assignment and this time cleared waivers and was outrighted to Iowa. Rollins was drafted four times, twice by Seattle before signing with the Blue Jays after they selected him in the 24th round in 2011. Rollins was part of a 10-player trade between Toronto and Houston, and after two years in the Astros organization, was selected by Seattle in the 2014 Rule 5 draft. In 31 games for the Mariners the past two years, Rollins logged 34.1 innings while sporting a 7.60 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP. According to PITCHf/x data, Rollins throws a fastball in the low 90s, a slider and a change-up.
Today is the official reporting date for pitchers and catchers but the Cubs position players are stealing the spotlight. Hanging around the batting cages included Jon Jay, Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Matt Szczur and Kyle Schwarber.