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Wesley Wright – Chicago Cubs
Wesley Wright has already been a part of being sent to a contender, being traded from the Houston Astros to the Tampa Bay Rays on August 12th last year. Now with the Cubs, Wright has posted a 2.42 ERA and a 1.164 WHiP, striking out 17 hitters in 22.1 innings. Wright has displayed solid control, walking six batter, two intentionally.
Wright is not a power arm, with his fastball averaging 91.1 MPH this season. Instead of striking out hitters, Wright relies upon the ground ball, using his sinker to maximum effect. Wright has been effective against both lefties and righties this season, giving him value as more than just a lefty specialist. While not someone that would threaten to take over either the seventh or eighth inning role, Wright could be a ground ball specialist, someone that could come in to try to get a key double play.
Acquired for cash considerations last year, Wright may not cost more than that this season. Another pitcher with arbitration eligibility, Wesley Wright could be another reliever who would be more than a rental piece for the Royals.