Travis Wood

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MESA, Ariz. – Playoffs? The Cubs skipped the step where people picked them as a sleeper team. If everyone stays healthy. If the kids step up. If they catch a few breaks.

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MESA, Ariz. – The Cubs see Kyle Hendricks as a lock for the rotation.

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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.

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MESA, Ariz. — James Shields would have been the exclamation point to a monster winter. But that non-move could put the Cubs in position to make a bigger deal this summer.

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Pitchers and catchers officially report to Arizona in one week, kicking off the competition for the fifth spot in the Cubs rotation.

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