08 Jul Alex Wood And The Trade That Brought Him To LA
By: Shane Thompson
I think we’re all in agreement that Clayton Kershaw is the best starting pitcher on the Los Angeles Dodgers and in the game today. The question of who might be the most underrated pitcher and unsung hero for this team has been answered though, it’s none other than Alex Wood. With all of the pitching signings the Dodgers have made within the past three years such as McCarthy, Maeda, Kazmir and the resigning in Rich Hill, no one would have expected Alex Wood to be the next man up after Kershaw.
Wood was a 2nd round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2012 and was a part of a 12 player trade which involved two Dodgers prospects who were sent to Atlanta. Paco Rodriguez was one of them and he’s had two shoulder surgeries and has since been released. The other is Hector Olivera, who has been in trouble off the field with a domestic abuse case. The Dodgers received Alex Wood and left-handed specialist Luis Avilan in return. Based on Wood’s performance this season, it’s clear that the Dodgers lucked out in this trade. Wood has a 9-0 record to go with a 1.83 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 10.6K’S/9. The offense has been the focal point in the majority of the fan’s eyes as they rank in the top five in just about every MLB category, but without Alex wood, the Los Angeles Dodgers could find themselves in 3rd place in the NL West rather than in 1st.