By Jason Shetler
As we put up a new calendar for 2016, the Pirates are still trying to add another starting pitcher. With the free agent market looking thin now, the Bucs may need to explore some trade possibilities. A few notable pitchers reportedly on the trade block this offseason are the Angels C.J. Wilson, the Rays Jake Odorizzi and the Yankees Ivan Nova. Another starter who could be added to that list is Alex Wood of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Wood began the 2015 season with the Atlanta Braves, and appeared to be a fixture in the rotation for a long time. As part of their efforts to completely rebuild, the Braves dealt the soon-to-be 25-year-old lefty to the Dodgers in a three-team, 13 player deal. Combined with the two clubs, Wood made 32 starts. Here were his overall numbers last year.
3.84 ERA, 98 ERA+, 3.69 FIP, 1.36 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, 6.6 K/9, 50% GB rate, 2.6 WAR
The Dodgers added to their rotation the final two days of December with free agents Scott Kazmir and Japanese phenom Kenta Maeda. With an already crowded rotation, most are expecting Wood to not only be the odd man out, but to be possibly traded as well. After not being able to acquire Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds, the Dodgers will need to address the back of their bullpen to compliment Kenley Jansen. The Pirates have Mark Melancon as a trade candidate, and being that they need another arm in the rotation, perhaps a Melancon/Wood deal could be looked at.