Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was among the first to report the news.
The contract is apparently worth $4 million with incentives that can increase Wood’s 2020 salary to $10 million. Rosenthal also indicated that the southpaw’s physical is already complete and that the contract has been signed.
Indeed, Wood creates depth for a somewhat questionable Los Angeles rotation. Furthermore, Wood could conceivably be in a battle with newly signed Jimmy Nelson for the final spot in the starting five. If anything, it broadens the landscape of the pitching staff as the team prepares to begin spring camp.
Back in 2015, Wood came to Los Angeles for the first time in a cluster of a trade that involved players like Jim Johnson, Jose Peraza, Bronson Arroyo, Luis Avilan, Hector Olivera and Paco Rodriguez, among several others. Last winter, the Dodgers traded Wood, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Kyle Farmer to the Reds for Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs, and Josiah Gray.
Sandwiched in between those deals were quite a few injuries. Still, while wearing Dodger Blue in 2017, Wood had one of the best years of his career, earning a selection to the NL All-Star squad while putting up a 16-3 record with a 2.72 ERA alongside 151 punchouts over 25 starts.
The Reds thought that they had a potential gem in the receiving end of the deal, but Wood landed on the injured list with a back injury just before Opening Day last year. He recovered in time to make seven starts in August, but the injury to his back returned, keeping him on the shelf for the remainder of the season.
Even if he ends up contributing in the relief department, Wood’s career numbers as a reliever are far better than those as a starter. Over 43 lifetime relief appearances, he has tallied a 2.70 ERA with 54 strikeouts over an even 50 innings pitched.
It might also be worth mentioning that Wood has no options remaining on his contract.
Right now, in theory, the front four of the Dodgers’ rotation might consist of Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias and one of either Wood, Nelson, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin or Ross Stripling as the fifth starter.