SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Royals added two more pitchers to the spring training roster: left-handed starter Travis Wood and right-handed reliever Seth Maness.
Wood, 30, spent the last five seasons with the Chicago Cubs, including three full seasons as a starter. He has a 4.00 ERA in seven major league seasons with the Cubs and Cincinnati Reds.
The Royals will give Wood a chance to fight for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, but he is a very reliable reliever. He pitched 61 innings from the bullpen last season and posted a 2.95 ERA. He also became the second relief pitcher in MLB history to hit a postseason home run after he hit a solo shot off San Francisco reliever George Kontos in Game 2 of the 2016 NLDS.
He seems to have a wild-man attitude, which will fit in well with the rest of the Royals’ locker room, according to Royals Review’s tweet.
Maness signed a minor league contract with the Royals after spending four seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. His last season was cut short due to damage in his ulnar collateral ligament, which usually requires Tommy John surgery. However, Maness decided to take a different road to recovery and underwent an experimental procedure that should make him available by opening day. Tommy John surgery would have kept him out for the entire 2017 season.