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Tigers’ Travis Wood Likely Out For Season After Tearing ACL

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Detroit Tigers left-hander Travis Wood will likely miss the 2018 season after tearing his ACL in his Spring Training debut on Thursday afternoon.

The veteran southpaw pitched two scoreless frames against the Atlanta Braves, and suffered his injury on the final out he recorded during a rundown play in which he collapsed on the infield grass.

According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck per reports, Wood left the clubhouse on crutches after trainers helped him off the field.

Wood, 31, signed a Minor League deal with the Tigers on January 29 with a Spring Training invite to compete for an Opening Day roster spot.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire on Friday. “For one thing, I’ve watched him pitch, and I know what he can do. He’s a pretty good pitcher, and he really knows how to pitch. People can learn from him. He knows how to change speeds. He knows how to move the ball in and out.

“He’s a very intelligent pitcher with good stuff that can handle good lineups. So him having this issue was disappointing for us all, and I’m devastated for him right now. But I’ll tell you this: He’s game-on, and he’ll get it taken care of and he’ll work his butt off, just like he did with his finger. He’s got a great attitude, as good as you can have in this situation.”

The eight-year veteran is coming off an extremely rough 2017 season in which he went 4-7 with a 6.80 ERA in 39 games (14 starts) split between the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.

Overall for the Cincinnati Reds (2010-11), Chicago Cubs (2012-16), Royals, and Padres, Wood is 47-59 with a 4.26 ERA in 298 career games (147 starts). His best season came in 2013 as he went 9-12 in 32 starts spanning exactly 200 innings, leading the Cubs’ starters with a 3.11 ERA.

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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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