Cubs sign lefty reliever Wesley Wright


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The Cubs and left-handed relief pitcher Wesley Wright have agreed to terms on a 2014 contract.

Wright, who turns 29 next month, has combined to post a 3.28 ERA and .694 OPS (on-base plus slugging) against in 168 relief outings over the last three seasons. He split 2013 between Houston and Tampa Bay and combined to go 0-4 with nine holds and a 3.69 ERA in 70 relief appearances—his second-straight year with at least 70 outings. Though he went 0-4 with a 3.92 ERA in 54 outings with Houston, he turned in a 2.92 ERA and 0.97 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) after being acquired by Tampa Bay on August 12.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Wright split the 2011 campaign between Houston and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He then went 2-2 with 19 holds and a 3.27 ERA in 77 appearances with the Astros in 2012, leading the club in appearances and holds, while ranking seventh among National League left-handers in holds.

In all or part of six major league seasons with Houston (2008-13) and Tampa Bay (2013), Wright has posted a 10-15 record with 50 holds, two saves and a 4.37 ERA in 302 appearances, all but four in relief.  He has averaged more than a strikeout per inning pitched in his career and limited foes to a .250 batting average against, including a .231 mark by left-handed hitters. In the last three seasons, Wright has walked only 41 batters in 118.0 innings, an average of 3.1 walks per nine innings.

Wright was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2003 draft out of Goshen High in Alabama and moved to Houston in the 2007 Rule 5 Draft. Wright was named the 2008 Astros Rookie of the Year by the Houston chapter of the BBWAA.

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