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Dodgers: Alex Wood Says Goodbye to Los Angeles

The LHP is off to the Giants up north.



Losing one of your guys in free agency is always tough as a baseball team. But when that player goes to a division rival, it stings a little bit more. That’s what the Dodgers face with Alex Wood as he heads up north to pitch for the Giants. 

Wood signed a one-year deal with San Francisco that will pay him $3 million, a huge deal for the Giants. More importantly, it will give Wood to be a full-time starter for the first time in a few years. Wood was not given that opportunity in his second go-around with the Dodgers.  

But regardless of where he signed, Wood will always be loved by Dodgers fans. He posted his goodbye to Los Angeles today, thanking the city and the team for the opportunity. Wood also made sure to mention the World Series championship, and how grateful he was to reach the pinnacle with that team. 

After being traded to the Reds in 2018, Wood re-signed with the Dodgers this season on a 1-year deal. Originally set to become a potential fifth starter, Wood faced shoulder issues that shut him down for parts of the shortened season. He ended up throwing just 12.2 innings during the regular season. 

But it was in the Dodgers playoff run that Wood made his mark on the 2020 season. He made 4 appearances between the NLCS and World Series, allowing a total of 1 run over 6.2 innings of work. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I’ve seen other posters call Wood a “traitor” for going to the Giants. So, if your boss didn’t have a job for you would you be a “traitor” for going to his competition? Blockheads. Alex was a good soldier who pitched very well for the Dodgers over the years. He deserves to continue his MLB career. Even with the Giants.

  2. Yep, Alex was always a gamer. And he had his best year with us. He may do well up there; but he probably won’t get much support. I wish him well.

  3. Congrats Alex Wood on winning a championship in LA! I think its awesome that you came back without any guarantees to help the Dodgers finish the job. Another unsung hero that was an interictal part of this Dodgers run. Never complained, always did what was asked of him, and worked his tail off! Dodger Nation appreciates you!

  4. Thank you Alex for the autograph in Cincinnati 2019. Good luck to you, you will be missed!

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