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Travis Wood wants a long-term extension with the Cubs

Jul 17, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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Travis Wood had a 4.22 ERA through his first three seasons, but this season he’s taken a huge step forward with a 2.79 ERA and his first All-Star appearance. And now the 26-year-old left-hander would like to guarantee himself a nice payday while sticking with the Cubs long term.

Wood told Dan Hayes of that he’s interested in following the footsteps of Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro by signing a long-term contract extension with the Cubs, explaining: “I’d love to be a part of the core group and stay around Chicago for a while.”

To go in search of a long-term deal in the middle of a breakout season makes plenty of sense for Wood, but from the Cubs’ point of view he’s already under team control through 2016 anyway. Wood can’t become a free agent until he’s 30 years old and his secondary numbers this season don’t show the same type of dramatic improvement that his ERA does, so the Cubs probably aren’t in a big hurry.

  1. magicrat13 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    and i want to wake up tomorrow morning next to brooklyn decker…..

    sorry travis, but neither is going to happen….

    • txraiderfan - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      If you don’t mind, I’ll take “sloppy seconds”

  2. sfm073 - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Lol why would you want to stay in Chicago? And why would they want to pay you more then they have to?

  3. brad18cubs - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Young enough, established, still perceived as a no. 3 or 4 pitcher, won’t break the bank. Sign him up. I’m fine with that. Stick around Travis.

  4. txraiderfan - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    He should get one. Not for a huge amount, but he’s far more valuable than Edwin Jackson, for example.

  5. txraiderfan - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    The Cubs will turn the corner in a couple of years. Wood is smart enough to see what’s on the horizon

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