Some Non-Free Agent Starting Pitchers the Mariners Should Inquire About

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Travis Wood, SP, Chicago Cubs

Sep 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher

Travis Wood

(37) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Wood was arguably one of the few bright spots last season for the Cubs, and his name was thrown into some trade speculation at the deadline.

The 26-year-old righty put together a nice 2013 campaign, to the tune of a 3.11 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 200 innings spread across 32 starts, and managed to snag an All-Star spot to boot.

Some people were quick to point out he got lucky in some regards (an improbable BABIP and an exceedingly high stranded runner rate) but the overall Wood was good last season, and he plays for a bad team that might look to move him.

And he’s not a free agent until 2017, (though he does become arbitration eligible in 2014).

Wood is probably being scouted by multiple teams and the M’s haven’t shown interest, but depending on the asking price he could be an attractive option for a back-end starter.

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