According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs avoided arbitration with LHP Travis Wood and RHP Justin Grimm.
Travis Wood agreed to terms on a one-year, $6.17 million contract and Justin Grimm received $1.275 million for the upcoming season.
Travis Wood made $5.685 million last season and was projected to receive between $6.2-6.8 million for 2016. This is Wood’s last year of arbitration eligibility. Wood is a free agent following the upcoming 2016 season.
Travis Wood began last year as the fourth starter in the Cubs’ rotation. Wood had a good start to his season but was moved to the pen after three straight rough outings at the beginning of May. Wood adapted quickly to his new role and had a lot of success over the last four-plus months of the season.
Wood was 5-4 in 54 games, nine starts, with four saves, a 3.84 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 3.40 FIP. Wood allowed 48 hits, 43 earned, on 86 hits with 39 walks and 118 strikeouts in 100 2/3 innings.
As a reliever, Wood was 3-2 in 45 games with a 2.95 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Wood gave up 22 runs, 19 earned, on 43 hits with 27 walks and 71 strikeouts in 58 innings.
Lefties hit .231/.297/.300 against him last season and righties put together a .228/.304/.394 line. And Wood did well coming into games with runners on base. Wood allowed seven of the 21 runners he inherited to score (33 %).
Justin Grimm appeared in 62 games for the Cubs last season. Grimm pitched better than he’s given credit for in the media or by a majority of the fan base. Grimm was 3-5 with a 1.99 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 3.11 FIP. Grimm allowed 18 runs, 11 earned, on 31 hits with 26 walks and 67 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings.
Grimm inherited 42 runners last season and let 11 of them score (26 %). Grimm picked up three saves and was charged with three blown saves. Grimm held right-handed batters to a .197/.292/.316 slash line and lefties hit only .140/.269/.228 against him during the 2015 season.
The Cubs have five arbitration eligible players that have not agreed to deals yet for next season … Jake Arrieta, Chris Coghlan, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Adam Warren.
LHP Rex Brothers ($1.42 million) and LHP Clayton Richard ($2 million, plus incentives) signed one-year contracts last month to avoid arbitration.