Spring Training is just a short wait away and that means soon Chicago Cubs baseball will be on the air. As a Cubs fan myself, I’m pretty excited. No I don’t expect this team to take the division and reach the playoffs, but the guys this team added and could see up from their farm system this year has me excited.
One man I’m excited about watching is starting left handed pitcher Travis Wood. Wood was pretty much the best starter this team had in their rotation. I honestly thought he was going to be traded sometime during the regular season but nothing happened. So I’m glad the team kept him.
Now teams and their players who are eligible for arbitration are coming together in hopes of avoiding a hearing. A lot of deals have been done over the last week or two so things are looking great. Unfortunately some players were unable to come to terms with a one year deal, not everything is perfect.
But the Chicago Cubs have been able to agree with some key arbitration eligible players, which is a great thing for this organization. They were able to lock up Nate Schierholtz and Darwin Barney just to name a couple.
According to Patrick Mooney on Twitter, the Cubs and Travis Wood were able to avoid arbitration by agreeing on a one year, $3.9 million contract.
Cubs agree to $3.9 million deal with Travis Wood, avoiding arbitration.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) January 24, 2014
Chicago could discuss a contract extension with Wood at some point during the regular season but may end up trading him depending on his performance. This team is usually sellers if they’re not in contention. Which is pretty much every year.