Rays bolster bullpen for stretch run, acquire Wesley Wright from Astros

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Wesley Wright gives the Rays a fourth left-hander for their bullpen.
Wesley Wright gives the Rays a fourth left-hander for their bullpen. (USATSI)

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With their deficit in the AL East sitting at a surmountable three games, the Rays announced they have acquired lefty reliever Wesley Wright from the Astros in exchange from cash considerations. They had previously claimed the southpaw off trade waivers.

Wright, 28, has a 3.92 ERA in 41 1/3 innings this year and a 4.44 ERA in 239 career innings, all with Houston. The former Rule 5 Draft pick has held lefty batters to a .236/.319/.346 (75 OPS+) batting line in his career, but this season it's a much uglier .305/.372/.463 (159 OPS+).

The Rays already have three southpaws in their bullpen: Jake McGee (85 ERA+), Alex Torres (270 ERA+) and Cesar Ramos (92 ERA+). Considering the AL East houses elite lefty bats like David Ortiz, Chris Davis and Robinson Cano, it's never a bad thing to have several matchups relievers available.

At $1.025 million, Wright was the second highest paid player on the rebuilding Astros roster behind Erik Bedard ($1.15 million). Outside of Bedard, every active Astro is within $30,000 of the $490,000 league minimum.

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