I expect Cubs to have deal done for Welington Castillo and possibly Travis Wood before they head to AZ. Phillies + a few others interested.
ESPN Chicago "Despite his down year in 2014, expect Chicago Cubs left-hander Travis Wood to be tendered a contract before a Tuesday night deadline, according to a source familiar with the situation. Wood, 27, is one of 10 Cubs players who are arbitration-eligible this offseason, and the team must tender..." December 01
Chicago Tribune "During a 19-minute pregame session with reporters that sounded at times like a job interview, Cubs manager Rick Renteria elaborated on the definition of leadership among his players. "One is on-field performance, which can breed confidence between the lines," Renteria said. "The other is..." April 22
Cubs agree to $3.9 million deal with Travis Wood, avoiding arbitration.
Chicago Tribune "The Cubs retained the rights of nine arbitration eligible players, led by pitcher Jeff Samardzija and second baseman Darwin Barney. How long they remain with the Cubs could be dictated by the trade market and the progress of their top prospects. Samardzija, one of the Cubs’ top trade chips,..." December 03
Chicago Tribune "Manager Dale Sveum didn't waste words when asked about the Chicago Cubs' plan of attack against Los Angeles Dodgers formidable left-hander Clayton Kershaw. “You got to be aggressive" Sveum said. "He’s going to be aggressive to you. You got to be aggressive to him. He doesn’t walk people. He..." August 28
Chicago Tribune "The 121-year-old Cubs-Cardinals rivalry probably peaked 10 years ago, when Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa shouted obscenities at one another from their dugouts. That was back when there was some real hatred between the teams, with beanball wars in vogue and Carlos Zambrano and Jim Edmonds..." May 08
ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood pitched seven strong innings Thursday, allowing just two singles, yet he still managed to end up on the wrong side of a 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. After Scott Hairston's two-run homer in the seventh gave Wood a slight lead, the eighth inning became full..." May 02
Chicago Tribune "Longtime Wrigley Field villain A.J. Pierzynski looked out over the right field bleachers before the Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Cubs and noticed the presence of the ''Eamus Catuli'' sign on the facade of a rooftop club. The sign includes a number designating the years since the Cubs' last..." April 17
Chicago Sun-Times "Left-hander Travis Wood and right-hander Carlos Villanueva don’t like what they’re hearing, so they plan to do something about it. The two guys left out of the Cubs’ starting-rotation plans outlined Thursday by manager Dale Sveum said Friday they plan to try to change his mind. ‘‘There’s..." February 16