It may not be the move you were hoping for but the Cubs did fill an important need today by signing LHP Wesley Wright. The 28 year old former Ray was 0-4 last season with a 3.69 ERA. He has spent most of his career with the Houston Astros and has a 4.37 career ERA.
What Wright can do is miss bats (9.22 Ks/9 IP; 23.7% K rate) with a solid low 90s fastball, slider, curve, and change-up. He worked 71 games out of the pen, so he's used to working frequently. He should be able to give James Russell a much needed breather. The presence of Zac Rosscup, Chris Rusin, and Brooks Raley also gives the team some flexiblity to deal a LHP.
His control has improved over the last few years but he still walks about 3 batters per 9 innings. He's also prone to the long ball, though he did have some bad luck there with a HR/FB rate that jumped by about 5% last year. When you normalize his HR rate, you get an xFIP of 3.32 -- certainly an acceptable number for your second lefty out of the pen and it is a number roughly equivalent to what he has put up for the past 3 seasons. If the Cubs can find a way to help him keep the ball down and in the park, there is still some room for improvement.
He's more effective against LHP, putting up a career FIP of 2.93 vs.5.75 vs. RHP, so we can expect him to be used often as a situational lefty. It's a good add and should give the Cubs some much needed support vs. LH hitters.
Per a scout,
Decent zip and some movement to the fastball, arm slot makes the slider tough to pick up for LHH.
The deal is for one year and $1.42M.