It’s Alex Wood’s 29th birthday today. The Dodgers gave him a nice birthday gift by signing him to a one-year 4 million dollar contract. The deal is a major league contract giving Wood the chance to earn up to 10 million dollars in incentives according to Ken Rosenthal.
Wood returns to the Dodgers for his second stint after spending an injury-riddled 2019 season with the Reds. The Dodgers dealt him to the Reds along with Yasiel Puig, Kyle Farmer and Matt Kemp in that controversial swap. It was only two years ago that Wood posted a 16-3 record and a 2.72 ERA, earning him an all-star selection and finishing ninth in the National League Cy Young voting. He was effective when healthy in 2018, but made 27 starts and saw his ERA rise to 3.68.
Alex Wood’s deal with the #Dodgers is for one year, $4M, with incentives that can push his total to $10M, source says. Physical is complete. Deal is done.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 13, 2020
Overall Wood has been a solid pitcher throughout his career, but has struggled to stay on the mound. The reunion is a strange one in my opinion. I’ve always liked Wood, but the timing seems weird after the Dodgers recently inked Jimmy Nelson. One would think that Wood will be given an opportunity if healthy to earn a spot in the Dodger’s rotation if he has a good showing in spring training.