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Wood Grabs Fifth Spot for A’s

The Oakland A’s have made a surprising choice, tapping veteran southpaw Alex Wood for Opening Day against the Cleveland Guardians. This move follows Wood’s $8.5 million contract after mixed years with the Giants. Despite his recent performance, the A’s hope Wood’s late-season success carries into 2024.

Wood’s selection raises eyebrows, especially with solid contenders like JP Sears and Paul Blackburn in the mix. Sears, particularly, has impressed in Spring Training with a 2.08 ERA. Blackburn, with seven years in the league, seemed a strong candidate. However, the A’s appear to prioritize Wood’s veteran leadership over their younger options.

At 33, Wood has seen his share of highs and lows in his career. After impressive seasons with the Braves and Dodgers, injuries and performance dips challenged him. Traded to the Reds in a notable deal, he battled injuries but made a postseason impact with the Dodgers, helping secure their 2020 World Series win.

His tenure with the Giants saw a resurgence, leading to a lucrative contract before joining the A’s. Alongside Wood, Sears, Blackburn, and Ross Stripling, prospects like Joe Boyle and Mitch Spence vie for rotation spots. It’s a blend of experience and potential for the Oakland squad.

Howard Wolpoff
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Howard is the Executive Editor of Original Content of MLBReport.com and a featured writer. He previously served as the Director of Marketing and Promotions at the Brooklyn Cyclones, Member Services Director at Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment, Director of marketing and Sales at 1010XL Sports Radio in Jacksonville, FL. Howard is also the host of three podcasts, 30 Days of Marketing Mavens, Small Business Marketing – Then & Now and the soon to be premiered Small Business Onwner 101 served as a host and producer on Buzz TV. He was also the host for Marketing Champions on DailyAdBrief.com.


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