Dodgers: Alex Wood Reacts to LA Return on Social Media
After reportedly inking a 1-year, $4M deal with the Dodgers on Sunday, Alex Wood was excited to return to where he had spent the majority of his major league career.
We back @Dodgers #ComebackSZN
— Alex Wood (@Awood45) January 13, 2020
The 29 year-old re-joins Los Angeles after spending one injury-riddled season with the Cincinnati Reds. After being traded along with Yasiel Puig in the 2018-2019 off-season, Wood made only 7 starts with the Reds while rebounding from a back injury suffered during spring training.
Moreover, “Woody” re-joins some of his best friends in the game. Teammates Ross Stripling and Justin Turner among others formed strong friendships with Alex during his four years in LA.
Additionally, Wood’s return marks an opportunity to complete some unfinished business. A 2017 All-Star for the Dodgers, Wood was the game 4 starter for LA in Houston against the Astros in the 2017 World Series. That was the only home game Houston lost all postseason, which we later learned was surrounded in controversy after it was revealed that the Astros were illegally stealing signs using cameras in center field.
Alex Wood shared his thoughts on that postseason and World Series start in a column with The Athletic.
The lefty joins a Dodgers rotation deep with options as insurance, and as depth for rookie arms that will have innings restrictions in 2020.
Glad to see him back. Here’s to hoping he regains his 2017 form.
Re-acquiring him makes the cost for Jeter Downs & Josiah Gray only Puig, Homer Bailey’s contract and Matt Kemp is out of the game,. Puig remains unsigned though I expect he will get a decent one year contract from some team.
PS: I REALLY wish the Dodgers had re-signed Rich Hill. It’ll be late this season if at all but I think he still has some good gas in his tank.
Dan, I agree. And Hill is feisty enough to overcome obstacles. And he loved playing for the Dodgers.
Alex pitched a brilliant game against the Astros in Houston in the 2017 Series. He still young and hope he gets his stuff back in 2020. Welcome back Alex!
Another injury prone pitcher. Maybe, he could help in the ball pen too? Worth a chance since we haven’t done anything else worth while talking about!
Wood was a good aquisition. Good, cheap insurance. But we still need to aquire a front line starter to get anywhere in the postseason. In the meantime everyone get ready for that quirky motion of Wood and hope it works again. I’ve never seen anyone throw the ball quite like Wood. If you saw a little leaguer throw like that, you’d probably discourage it. But it works for him when he’s healthy.
If he gets his mojo back he can be very special.