From the Wire … Cubs Sign LHP Wesley Wright to One-Year Contract

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.

Wesley Wright’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • Neil

    The signing has been confirmed … Wright inked a one-year contract.

  • Mike Ogulnick

    I like the signing. Wright was one guy that jumped at me among the non-tenders.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    As I said earlier……Theo is searching at the bottom of the free agent list……nothing wrong with it……just don’t expect big name players with big $$$$$$ contracts coming to Wrigley……but do expect higher ticket and vendor prices at Wrigley in 2014.

  • Eugene Debs

    I guess you could do worse.

  • Ripsnorter1

    2013 splits:
    RHB hit .253 BA/.321 OBP/.465
    LHB hit even better, but slugged less:
    .269 BA/.336 OBP/.417 slug

    RHB = .269 BA/.367 OBP/.423 slug
    LHB = .198 BA/.265/.273 slug.
    His 2012 numbers far exceeded his 2013 efforts, especially vs LHB.

    The guy throws a lot of ground balls. This could be an okay signing.

    I sure hope they get rid of Russell. He’s regressing…..

    • triple

      I like the signing. The other thing I noticed about his 2013 stats were that his May and June were really bad, giving up 10 ER in 16.1 IP. For the rest of the year he only gave up 12 ER over 37.1 IP. WHIP was also a little out of control in August (as it was for May and June), but at least that didn’t result in poor results.

      Also looking at his career stats, he definitely should be used situationally. And for some reason he sucks in May – career .321/.391/.491 and a 1.733 WHIP during the month of May. They should hold onto Russell and hope has a career month in May so they can keep Wright on the bench, and then trade away Russell in June… only half joking about the benching comment.

  • SirGladiator

    This is a good signing. It’s not even that he’s all that great a pitcher, which he isn’t, but when you have ONE lefty in your bullpen, that means you aren’t even trying to win, because you need righties and lefties available late to win the close ones. With this signing, we’re up to two. Which still isn’t great, but it’s way WAY better than just one, especially since our other lefty can’t pitch to righties. This guy isn’t really good against righties either, he’s just not absolutely mind-bogglingly horrible like Russell. So thumbs up on the signing, wish he was a better pitcher but just any kind of halfway decent lefty makes our bullpen a good bit better given the lack of lefties we had before. I hope our other pitcher signings (hopefully including Tanaka) are better pitchers, but this signing does fill a void that desperately needed filling, so that’s good.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Our other LHP in the pen could be Rusin.

  • Tony_Hall

    He misses bats 9.1 K/9 Career

    He is another loogy, which is fine, as a bullpen is better when it has a couple of them to use for a batter or two.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Has anybody heard anything about Carlos Marmol lately?

    I’d like to know what’s going on with him.

    • Tony_Hall

      All I hear are crickets chirping.

      I don’t believe he has been even rumored to have any teams interested in him.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Sipping tropical drinks with little umbrellas in them and counting his money.

    • jtrain23

      I read something the other day supposedly linking him to Baltimore or Tampa as they search for bullpen help. I don’t know that there is any truth to it though.
      As crazy as it may seem, there will probably be a team that will put a flier out on him. He’ll be cheap and if it is a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, what would it hurt?

      • Ripsnorter1

        I’d sign him if I had a pitching coach that wasn’t bent on ruining him.
        He can still pitch, and better than Wesley Wright, too.

        • Tony_Hall

          No thanks and not true.

  • 07GreyDigger

    The key to this signing is like Nate Schierholtz, they can control him via arbitration for another season.

    • jtrain23

      Plus, he appears to be effective enough to help the pen. He’s cheaper than mainstream free agents and as you said is under control for a few years. Hopefully he can provide support for Russell, because I believe the workload has really worn him down the last two seasons.

      • Ripsnorter1

        He’s like the Kotteras signing: cheaper than Pierzinski, but not nearly as good.
        But the objective is cheap, not good.

        Hey, anyone reading this post:
        if this statement gets your hackles up, then just open your eyes and see the real world.
        I’m telling you the truth.

        • Tony_Hall

          Hackles???? What are those?

          You are right, why pay more for a backup catcher then you have to, when the net gain is minimal.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You and your Theo-rized minimal gain….

            Kotteras vs Pierzinski:
            .180 AB vs. .272…very minimal difference. Drunken Cubs’ fans shouldn’t notice.
            .349 OBP vs. .297….a walk is as good as a hit, ain’t it? Kotteras wins this category.
            .370 slug vs. .425 slug…very, very minimal. The difference is only 17 bases per 500 AB.
            BUT REMEMBER: Kotteras is getting a mere walk for his “slugging,” while Pierzinski is hitting a 2B, 3B or HR to get his. Which one makes for more RBIs and runs scored?

            Kotteras – minus 4 Rtot/yr…worth 4 runs to the opposition.
            Pierzinski- +8 Rtot/yr…saves 8 runs for his team.
            That’s a mere 12 runs difference per year. But whose counting?

            Throwing runners out:
            Kotteras: 26% CS rate.
            Pierzinski: 33% CS rate.

            The difference may seem minimal to you, but really, the difference is simply

            And Theo is doing exactly as I have seen other Cubs’ GMs do over the years,
            replace great players with good ones. Or replace good players with average ones.

            So how will Theo’s results be any better?

          • Tony_Hall

            It is a back-up catcher, those 12 runs are really about 2 or 3 runs based on real playing time.

            If the difference between winning and losing in 2014 is having AJ back up Castillo versus Kotteras, then by all means bring in AJ for ANY amount of money.

            But the difference won’t be noticed in the standings, that is for sure.

          • Ripsnorter1

            any of the long, slender feathers on a bird’s neck, esp. on a male fowl.


            See, the CCO is good for one’s education and mental growth.

        • 07GreyDigger

          The thing I’m confused about is where you think that Pierzynski would sign as a backup anywhere. The difference between those two are easy. One is a starter and one isn’t. Cubs paid Kotteras like a backup, because that’s what he is.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Pierzinski is going to share time with the Red Sox. He won’t start 110 games
            as their catcher, either. And of course money talks, too.

            What do you think you have with Castillo at C? An All-Star hitter?
            Think again.

            His minors history suggest double-digit HR totals are within reach as he hits peak age, but his hit percentage and his expected BA (based upon speed/line drives/ground balls/fly ball percentages, as well as strikeout rates) don’t support a BA repeat. Subpar contact percentage (see Jackson, Brett) caps further growth, making him a run-of-the-mill option among mid-tier catchers.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Navarro was a significant part of our offense in 2013–even as a parttime player.
            Check out these stats:
            89 games
            266 PA
            240 AB
            13 HR
            34 RBI
            .300 BA
            .365 OBP
            .492 slug

            Consider that the Cubs had a grand total of 172 HR in 5498 AB.

            That’s one HR every 31.98 AB.

            Navarro had 13 in 240.
            That’s one HR every 18.46 AB.

            Our team OBP was .300.
            Navarro was .365.

            He will be missed in 2014 if someone isn’t acquired to take up the slack.

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