An All-Star in 2013, Travis Wood could be traded by the Cubs if they sign free agent pitcher James Shields.
Despite a strong 2014 season, Shields remains a free agent. The 33-year-old entered the offseason with lofty contract hopes but has found a cold market as February has come and he still remains unsigned.
Before a post season meltdown, Shields made 34 starts for the Royals posting a 3.21 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.
Yesterday it was reported by multiple sources that the Royals and Diamondbacks were no longer interested in signing Shields to a contract. Where he lands up is still in question but the Cubs are one team who are showing interest in him.
I expect Cubs to have deal done for Welington Castillo and possibly Travis Wood before they head to AZ. Phillies + a few others interested.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) February 5, 2015
The Cubs already signed Jon Lester and brought back Jason Hammel. Adding Shields could make them one of the National League’s better rotations. Adding Shields could lead to the departure of Wood reports CSN Chicago’s David Kapan.
Wood finished the 2014 season going 8-13 with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Anyone trading for him will be hoping that the soon to be 28-year-old has a bounce back season in store.
Another name that Kaplan says could be moved in Welington Castillo. The Cubs probably would get less back for Castillo who is seen as a asset in the field that can do little with the bat.