Wood to Padres in six-player deal

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

Travis Wood will be pitching for his sec­ond team since win­ning a World Se­ries ring with the Chicago Cubs in the fall.

Wood (Bryant) was in­volved in a six-player trade Mon­day, as the Kansas City Roy­als sent the left­hander to the San Diego Padres along with pitcher Matt Strahm, mi­nor league in­fielder Es­teury Ruiz and cash for pitch­ers Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill and Bran­don Mau­rer.

Wood, 30, was 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA for the Cubs last year dur­ing their cham­pi­onship sea­son, in­clud­ing a 2.84 ERA in the post­sea­son. He has not been as ef­fec­tive this sea­son in Kansas City, go­ing 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA in 412/3 in­nings. A source told the San Diego Union-Tri­bune that the Padres will pay only the league min­i­mum salary for Wood, a 2005 Bryant High School grad­u­ate who is earn­ing $4 mil­lion this year and $6.5 mil­lion in 2018. The Roy­als will pay the rest.

On Sun­day, Wood gave up 4 runs and 7 hits in 42/3 in­nings against the Chicago White Sox. Kansas City went on to de­feat Chicago 5-4 on Bran­don Moss’ game-win­ning dou­ble in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning.

Wood has an 8.31 ERA in three starts this sea­son and is win­less as a starter

in eight ap­pear­ances since April 28, 2015.

Kansas City (50-47) en­tered Mon­day tied with Tampa Bay for the sec­ond AL wild-card spot and 1½ games be­hind AL Cen­tral-lead­ing Cleve­land. The Roy­als had been look­ing to bol­ster their ro­ta­tion and bullpen, and they did so with one swap.

San Diego (43-55) is 24½ games be­hind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Buchter, 30, is a left-han­der who had made only one ma­jor league ap­pear­ance be­fore com­ing to San Diego last year. He wound up pitching in 67 games with a 2.86 ERA as op­po­nents hit just .160 against him. He had 78 strike­outs in 63 in­nings.

This sea­son Buchter had ap­peared in 42 games, with a 3.05 ERA and a .199 op­po­nents’ bat­ting av­er­age. He had 47 strike­outs in 38 / in­nings. He has one more sea­son be­fore he be­comes el­i­gi­ble for ar­bi­tra­tion.

Cahill, 29, joined the Padres in Jan­uary. In 11 starts this sea­son, he was 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA and 72 strike­outs in 61 in­nings. He re­cently spent seven weeks

on the dis­abled list but re­turned July 4 and has made four starts since.

Cahill is earn­ing $1.75 mil­lion and will be a free agent af­ter the sea­son.

Mau­rer, 27, joined the Padres be­fore the 2015 sea­son in a trade for Seth Smith. He had 13 saves last year and was 20-for-23 in save chances this sea­son de­spite a 5.72 ERA. He is earn­ing $1.9 mil­lion and is ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble the next two sea­sons.

Ruiz, 18, orig­i­nally signed with Kansas City as an in­ter­na­tional free agent from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic in July 2015. This sea­son he has played in 21 games for the Roy­als’ Ari­zona Rookie League team, hit­ting .419 (36 for 86) with a .440 on-base per­cent­age and .779 slug­ging per­cent­age. He has 10 dou­bles, 3 home runs, 22 runs scored and 9 stolen bases. He pri­mar­ily has played sec­ond base.

Strahm, 25, re­cently un­der­went sea­son-end­ing surgery to re­pair a patel­lar ten­don tear. A 21st-round pick in 2012, he has ap­peared in 45 ma­jor league games (three starts), go­ing 4-7 with a 3.81 ERA. This sea­son, in 24 ap­pear­ances (three starts), he was 2-5 with a 5.45 ERA, al­though op­pos­ing bat­ters hit just .236 against him. In his mi­nor-league ca­reer, the left-han­der had 304 strike­outs in 2511/3 in­nings.


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