The Kansas City Royals continue to add former Chicago Cubs pitchers. The latest being left-handed pitcher Travis Wood. The Royals reportedly signed Wood to a two-year deal earlier today. Wood went 4-0 2.95 ERA in 77 games with the Cubs in 2016.
Wood is coming off a career-high 77 appearances in 2016. It was his first full season as a relief pitcher in the Major Leagues. Wood was an All-Star starting pitcher in 2013, but since has struggled in the rotation. Posting a 5.03 ERA in the rotation during the 2014 season. Wood started nine games in the rotation in 2015, but found a role in the bullpen.
Wood left the Cubs this off-season to find a team that would give him a chance as a starting pitcher. He was a solid relief pitcher, but wants the chance to start in the rotation again. The 30-year-old will compete in Spring Training for the fifth spot in the Royals rotation. Wood will pitch along side former Cubs starter Jason Hammel this upcoming season.
The former two-time CY Young award winner Tim Lincecum is still unsigned. Lincecum is a four-time All-Star as well, made his MLB comeback last year with the Los Angeles Angels. Many thought Lincecum would retire after an injury in 2015 with the San Francisco Giants.
Although Lincecum struggled in 2016 with the Angels. Going 2-6 9.16 ERA in 9 starts with the team. The Angels granted Lincecum free agency after he was unable to find his groove on the team. Lincecum allowed 11 homers in just 38.1 innings pitched.
Lincecum has not finished a season with an ERA under 4 since 2011. It is safe to say that Lincecum is not the same pitcher that he once was with the Giants. After multiple injuries it looks like Lincecum has lost his touch.
After what happened in 2016 I do not see Lincecum starting in the MLB again. I do see Lincecum pitching in the MLB again though as he is only 32-years-old. I could see Lincecum comeback as a relief pitcher or even a possible closer.
Less innings and less stress on his arm which could help Lincecum. He has struggled as a starter since the injuries and I believe those days are over for him. I do believe he can be a successful relief pitcher in the MLB.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers needs to be on your fantasy team. Chris Paul is likely to miss 6-8 weeks and Rivers minutes are going to heavily grow.
Rivers has been averaging 11 points a game, but expect that to increase now. More minutes means that Rivers will likely get more shooting opportunities. Rivers scored 16 off OKC then dropped 15 points on the Lakers.
Without Chris Paul the Clippers are going to have to lean on Rivers for more scoring. Plugging Rivers into your starting lineup is a smart decision right now. You need to add Rivers to your team now before it is too late.