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and was disappointed not to make the starting rotation to begin the 2017 season. He nonetheless performed spectacularly when inserted early on for injured ace Clayton Kershaw. "Alex is a fighter," Bagwell says. Wood posted a 10-0 start, 1.67 ERA and made the all-star team. He finished the regular season 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA, bothered by a joint strain in his chest that sent him to the Disabled List for two weeks in June and in August. But he made the playoff roster, kept focused despite a bad game in the National League Championship Series and went on to star in the World Series. In mid-January, he agreed to a $6 million contract with the Dodgers for 2018, more than double his 2017 salary of $2.8 million. Barring injury, Wood In 2017, Wood posted a 10-0 start with a 1.67 ERA and made the all-star team. BALLANTYNE SPRING 2018 44 Feature Alex celebrated with his father, Richard, mother Carol and sister Stephanie when the Dodgers won their division in 2016. Photo courtesy of Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers Photo courtesy of Carol Wood

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