Cubs sign LHP Wesley Wright
Wesley Wright grew up watching Cub games with his brother, earned his first pro win at Wrigley, and is now pitching for the North Siders. Chicago inked the 28-year-old on Dec. 4 after spending 2013 with Houston and Tampa Bay. The left-hander appeared in two playoff games for the Rays after being acquired for cash in August from Houston. Wright pitched in 70 games in 2013, totaling 53.2 innings with 55 punchouts. He logged 52.1 innings in 2012 for Houston in 77 games and spent six season with Houston. Wright debuted for the Astros in 2008 after being selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Dodgers. A 7th round pick of the Dodgers in 2003 out of Goshen High School in Alabama, Wright spent five years in the Dodgers' minor league system. In six years in the big leagues, Wright has appeared in 302 games, including four starts, with a 10-15 record and a 4.37 ERA. He sports a career 9.1 SO/9 and a 1.45 WHIP. Other than James Russell, the Cubs lacked left-handed pitching in their bullpen in 2013 and this move fills that need. Add in Zac Rosscup, who had a solid minor league season (2-2 2.12 ERA, 51 IP, 83 K) and pitched in 10 MLB games in September, and the bullpen from the left side looks improved.
Venezuelan Winter League
Paolo Espino improved to 5-3 allowing two runs, one earned, in his six-inning outing. The right-hander fanned five, walked one, and gave up three hits, including a homer, in Caribes 5-4 win over Aragua.
Yoanner Negrin (4-3 3.50 ERA) got saddled with the loss allowing two runs in Caracas' 10-0 loss to Magallanes. Negrin tossed 4.2 innings, yielding six hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Dominican Winter League
Carlos Pimentel had his best outing of the DWL as the right-hander set down seven on strikes and only allowed two hits over six shutout innings in Escogido's 6-1 win over Gigantes. Pimentel dropped his ERA to 1.71 and has worked 11 straight scoreless frames.
Junior Lake (.357) was 1-4 with a RBI triple and a run scored in Estrellas' 13-4 loss to Aguilas. Frank Batista (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.1 IP) worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning for Aguilas. Batista had 19 saves for AA Tennessee in 2013.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
RF Darnell McDonald went 0-4, scored once, and fanned twice in Obregon's 4-2 win over Guasave.
SS Walter Ibarra went 1-3 with a double and a run in Mazatlan's 11-3 loss to Navojoa.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Edwin Maysonet went 2-5 with a RBI and a run in Santurce's 9-2 win over Mayaguez.