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Mike Wood (baseball)

MLB Player information
NameMike Wood
MLB debutAugust 21, 2003 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Win-loss record16 22
Earned run average5.49
* Oakland Athletics (2003) * Kansas City Royals (2004 2006) * Texas Rangers (2007) * Yokohama BayStars (2008) (NPB)

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Michael Burton Wood (born April 26, 1980, in West Palm Beach, Florida) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He has played all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball, and one in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Wood graduated from Forest Hill Community High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 1998 and then went on to attend the University of North Florida. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 10th Round (311st overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft.

Wood made his major league debut on August 21, 2003, with the Athletics. The Kansas City Royals acquired Wood on June 24, 2004, from the Athletics as part of the three-team trade that sent Carlos Beltrán to the Houston Astros. Kansas City immediately promoted him from Triple-A and put him in their starting rotation, where he compiled a 3-8 record with a 5.94 ERA in 17 starts.

Wood spent the early part of the 2005 season in the bullpen, but was used as an emergency starter when Brian Anderson went on the 15-day disabled list.

On October 11, 2006, Wood was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, but was not tendered a contract for the 2007 season, making him a free agent. He was then signed to a minor league contract (with an invitation to spring training) with the Rangers later in the offseason, and made the 2007 opening day roster.

In 2008, Wood played for the Yokohama BayStars in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. In January 2009, he signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins. In May 2009, the Marlins released Wood. On September 1, Wood signed a Minor League contract with the Texas Rangers. He was granted free agency on November 9. He played for the Rockford RiverHawks in the Northern League in 2010.

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