Last night the Cubs signed Wesley Wright to a 1-year deal just a couple days after being non-tendered. Wright will be paid $1.425 million in 2014. He’s been quite good the last two seasons and this is a good signing for the Cubs.
Wright has struckout around 24% of the batters over the last two seasons and walked just under 8%. Steamer projects a 3.40 FIP and Oliver projects a 3.67 FIP. He has two years of service time left and will be arbitration eligible after the 2014 season.
Are the Cubs going to go with two lefties in the bullpen in James Russell and Wesley Wright or does this make Russell available in a trade? Nothing wrong with having two lefties in the pen, but both are probably best suited facing as few right-handed pitchers as possible.
Russell is arbitration eligible and will make more money than Wright. I see this as a move that allows the Cubs to freely explore trades involving James Russell.