Mike Wood (baseball)
|Born: April 26, 1980|
West Palm Beach, Florida
|August 21, 2003, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 2007, for the Texas Rangers|
|Earned run average||5.49|
Michael Burton Wood (born April 26, 1980) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball, and one in Nippon Professional Baseball, from 2003-08.
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 the tenth round (311th 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.
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 off-season, 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.