Sean Marshall


MESA, Ariz. – Travis Wood has been around long enough to go from contract-extension candidate to trade bait, the cheap All-Star who’s now viewed as an expensive fifth starter.


Mr. Cub is gone, leaving this franchise and this city without one of its greatest ambassadors.


While the focus has been on Jon Lester's free-agency tour and the overall pitching market, the Cubs are still trying to figure out what they have in Travis Wood.


Theo Epstein had enough self-awareness and message-control savvy to make a prediction during a spring-training session with Cubs beat writers in 2012.


Based on the first inning, it looked like more of the same for Cubs starter Travis Wood.