The Tigers announced Monday that they have agreed to a minor-league deal with lefty Travis Wood. The deal includes an invitation to major-league spring training.
Wood, who turns 31 next week, was released by the Padres in late December. He struggled to an inflated 6.80 ERA mark in 94 innings split between the Royals and Padres last season, heading west in a deadline trade that sent Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer to K.C.
Wood signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Royals a year ago, so he’ll earn $6.5 million this season with the Tigers paying just the prorated major-league minimum if he’s on the major-league roster. Wood was a solid reliever as recently as 2016, when he pitched to a 2.95 ERA mark in 61 innings over 77 appearances for the Cubs.
Wood joins southpaws Daniel Stumpf and Blaine Hardy in the Tigers’ bullpen mix and is likely to be one of a few veteran arms the rebuilding team brings into camp over the next couple of weeks. He’s a veteran of eight major-league seasons with the Reds, Cubs, Royals and Padres.