Pittsburgh Pirates sign veteran RHP Steven Wright

Steven Wright with the Boston Red Sox in 2015. By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms on a minor league contract with pitcher Steven Wright, which includes an invitation to big league camp.  

The 36-year-old Wright has produced a 24-16 record, one save, a 3.86 ERA (347.2ip/149er) and 271 strikeouts in 81 career appearances (44 starts) in parts of seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox from 2013-19.  

Wright, who did not pitch last season, was limited to six games with the Red Sox in 2019 after spending a majority of the season on the restricted list and injured list.    

Wright was named to the American League All-Star team in 2016 while establishing career bests in appearances (24), wins (13), innings pitched (156.2) and strikeouts (127). He also finished the 2016 season ranked 10th in the American League in ERA (3.33), ninth in batting average against (.235), second in complete games (four) and eighth in winning percentage (.684).  

Originally selected by Cleveland in the second round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Wright was acquired by Boston on July 31, 2012, and made his big league debut in 2013. He was converted to a knuckleball pitcher in 2011 after spending his first four seasons in the minors as a conventional pitcher.


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