According to a report from Bob Nightengale, the Cubs signed lefty reliever Wesley Wright to a one-year deal believed to be worth $1.425 million. The Rays recently non-tendered Wright after he was claimed off waivers from the Astros last August. The 28-year old Wesley Wright is not eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season and has one more year of arbitration eligibility left before he would hit the market.
With the addition of Wesley Wright, the Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 38 players.
Wesley Wright figures to join James Russell in the Cubs’ pen on Opening Day next April, that is if Russell is not traded this winter. Wright was 0-4 in 54 games for the Astros last season with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Wright struck out 40 batters, walked 16 and gave up 45 hits in 41 1/3 innings. With the Rays, Wright posted a 2.92 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP (15 strikeouts, three walks in 12 1/3 innings).
The Astros selected Wesley Wright in the Rule 5 draft in 2007 and during his five seasons in the National League, Wright posted a 10-11 record in 232 games with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Lefties have hit .231/.313/.342 against Wright during his career.