12/16 Cubs sign Wright
The Cubs and left-handed pitcher Wesley Wright officially agreed to terms on one-year, $1.425 million contract. The deal was first reported Dec. 4, but the free agent pitcher needed to undergo a physical before it was finalized. Wright, 28, who was non-tendered by the Rays, is under team control for 2015.
The Cubs were looking for another left-hander to share the workload with reliever James Russell. Wright has combined to post a 3.28 ERA in 168 relief outings over the last three seasons. He split the 2013 season between the Astros and Rays, and was a combined 0-4 with nine holds and a 3.69 ERA in 70 relief appearances.
In 302 appearaces in all or part of six Major League seasons with the Astros (2008-13) and Rays (2013), Wright has posted a 10-15 record with 50 holds, two saves and a 4.37 ERA. In the last three seasons, Wright has walked 41 batters over 118 innings, an average of 3.1 walks per nine innings.
The Cubs are still in the market for a closer, and were reportedly talking to John Axford, who signed with the Indians on Monday. Other free agent relievers looking for a job include Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit, Fernando Rodney, Joel Hanrahan, Kevin Gregg and Chris Perez. Gregg saved 33 games for the Cubs last season.
– Carrie Muskat