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Rays acquire Wesley Wright from Astros

Aug 12, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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Houston is sending away another veteran, trading left-handed reliever Wesley Wright to Tampa Bay for cash considerations.

Wright was the longest-tenured Astro, debuting in 2008 as a Rule 5 pick and appearing in a total of 286 games with a 4.44 ERA. He’s been a pretty solid setup man since the beginning of last season, throwing 94 innings with a 3.56 ERA and 94/33 K/BB ratio, so it’s surprising that the Rays were able to acquire the 28-year-old for cash.

Now that Wright is gone Erik Bedard is the only player on the entire Astros’ roster making more than $500,000 and even he’s bargain-priced at $1.5 million.

  1. stex52 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Cash considerations? They have to be joking. The payroll is now 14 MM$ plus a payment on Wandy Rodriguez’s contract with the Pirates.

    Cash? Bull. This clinches it. They are going for the Mets’ 1962 record.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Just trying to make sure that they get the #1 pick once again.

      • stex52 - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Like there was any doubt.

        They lost two games over the week end to an inept bullpen. And Wright was the most solid one left.

        This will get nightmarish very soon.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        They did have some good starting pitching today.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    For the Rays, he seems to be an improvement over Farnsworth.

  3. Bob - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    They already have a seven-game lead for the No. 1 pick. If it was all about tanking and securing the No. 1 pick, they would have kept Wright because he has flat out sucked for them.

    I maintain this is another salary dump and that the current ownership can’t afford to properly operate this team. The paltry immediate return on the Norris trade is the deal that convinced me that this isn’t about building the farm system as much as it is ownership’s bottom line is screwed.

    The Astros have a new network, but most of the coverage area still isn’t carrying it. That makes me think ownership is losing out badly on potential local TV money. They greatly overpaid and overborrowed to buy the franchise, and took a $50 million discount to switch leagues rather than tell Bud Selig to take his league switch and stick it up his butt. Everything they’ve done since is about saving money.

  4. raysfan1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Happy to have him. I’m surprised nobody has jokingly expressed surprise that the Rays have cash to use in a trade.

  5. hk62 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    If you’ve watched the Astros in the past 5 weeks (when its been really dreadful from the bullpen), the surprising thing here is that the Rays actually WANTED WW. He’s been great when the game is not on the line (either up or down) and an almost guarantee to allow runners or runs when the game is late and close. He has ONE runless appearance in the past month when the Astros were ahead in the game. Not a lead by example kind of guy it appears. There is a lot that has disappointed me this season (and my expectations where low) – WW is near the top of that list. TB has good pitching coaches though – hope it works for the Rays.

    And the payroll is a total non-issue on this move. He passed through waivers obviously. Keeping a guy you can’t send down (Chris Carter anyone) is tough when you’re 37-80.

  6. edelmanfanclub - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Just Cash? He couldnt get any prospect out of him at all? Just CASH?

  7. Bob - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Yeah, I maintain money played into this, as in, “Oh my God, we can get some cash flow coming back in.” And I maintain money has been behind almost every decision they’ve made since they bought the club.

    For Norris, they dumped a guy who was under club control for three more years, but was making $3 million this season, a paltry sum by average standards, and about to be up for arbitration. He gets dealt for a slap-hitting fourth OF for the big-league club, a low-A pitcher and a competitive balance pick (and the Astros gave up an international signing slot). In other words, the Astros got nothing that will help them on the big-league level in the next two years. If you’re gonna trade your No. 1 pitcher (even if he’s a 4 or 5 on most clubs), you get at least one prospect in Double- or Triple-A.

    They extended Altuve, which basically was a buyout of his arbitration years. If the Astros ever have any players maintain success over a two- or three-year period where they’ll be due more money, I’ll be curious to see if ownership spends the money or ships them out.

  8. prospero63 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    altuve is making more IIRC, but I get your point. It’s one thing to trade for prospects, but to trade for cash when you are fielding the lowest payroll in baseball is a slap in the face to the fans (both of them) paying money to see the team…

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