The Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Jaret Wright to a minor league deal and will invite him to spring training to compete for a roster spot. Wright, 32, made three starts with the Baltimore Orioles last season before missing the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. He allowed 11 runs, 12 hits, struck out seven and walked nine in 10.1 innings.
This is a low-risk, low-reward signing for the Pirates. Wright’s contract will not cost much, but he is unlikely to be a major factor in Pittsburgh. He has not pitched well since 2004, when he posted a 3.28 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, struck out 159 and walked 70 in 186.1 innings with the Braves. Since then, he has been mediocre and has struggled with injuries. However, if he stays healthy, he would give the Pirates a bit more starting depth in Indianapolis. That is something the team is desperately lacking right now.