Wesley Wright headed to Cubs

Updated: December 4, 2013, 10:26 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with left-handed reliever Wesley Wright just two days after he was nontendered by the Tampa Bay Rays, a source familiar with the situation confirmed.

Wright, 28, was 0-4 in 70 games combined for the Houston Astros and Rays this past season. He broke in with the Astros in 2008, after being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2003.

For his career, Wright has a 4.37 ERA with two saves. He is limiting left-handed hitters to a .232 batting average and has struck out 5.5 batters for every walk issued to a lefty.

James Russell was the lone lefty reliever for the Cubs for most of 2013, appearing in a combined 151 games over the last two seasons. Russell is arbitration eligible after earning $1.075 million last year.

The deal with Wright is reportedly worth $1.425 million, according to USA Today, which earlier reported the agreement between the sides.

Wright changed his Twitter profile Wednesday evening to read "Relief Pitcher for the Chicago Cubs."

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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