July 16, 2013 by Ryan S
Travis Wood wants to be part of the game plan for a winning Chicago Cubs team, and I agree.
Wood, 26, is 6-6 with a 2.79 ERA and 17 quality starts through his first 19 games. He also has a 2013 All-Star selection to add to his resume.
According to Dan Hayes, Wood would like an extension similar to what Starlin Castro or Anthony Rizzo got.
Rizzo’s contract was worth $41 million over seven years, with the potential to be worth $68 million. Castro received an eight year, $60.57 million deal this spring.
Wood is not eligible to be a free agent until 2017 at the earliest, and is arbitration eligible this offseason for the first time. He will likely receive a pretty nice raise if he reaches arbitration.
The Cubs could definitely extend Wood and save some money while locking him up through his prime, until his early 30s. However, it is likely that the Cubs want a bigger sample size since it has only been half of a season, remember.
He pitched to the tune of a 4.27 ERA and 1.199 WHIP in 26 starts in 2012, but that kind of pitching was not nearly at the level he’s pitched at in 2013. Certainly seems like he’s headed towards a very solid career.
Regardless, I would not expect extension talks to heat up until 2014 if he continues to pitch well into next season. That’s all for now, and go Cubs!