Wright thanks the fans of Houston
Left-handed pitcher Wesley Wright was called into Astros manager Bo Porter’s office by pitching coach Doug Brocail just prior to game time Monday, where general manager Jeff Luhnow delivered the news he was being traded to the Rays in exchange for money.
In 54 relief appearances this season, Wright was 0-4 with a 3.92 ERA.
“I’m excited,” Wright told MLB.com. “It’s an opportunity to go pitch for a contending team and something I’ve always wanted to do, and to get this opportunity now is kind of shocking, but I’m also excited about it.”
Wright was the longest-tenured member of the team, appearing in 71 games for the Astros in 2008 after they plucked him away from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 Draft. He was also the team’s second-highest paid player, meaning left-hander Erik Bedard is the only remaining player making more than $1 million ($1.15 million).
“The organization has been great to me and my family throughout the past six seasons,” Wright said. “They gave me an opportunity to see what I can do at the big league level. I’m really grateful to the organization and the fans and the city. They were really supportive to me and my teammates. Even in the down years, they supported me and all I can say is thanks to the city of Houston and the fans.”
Luhnow also announced that the Astros will select the contract of right-handed pitcher Philip Humber from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Humber will join the Astros in Oakland on Tuesday. In his last seven appearances (in relief) with OKC, Humber was 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA with two walks and 14 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings pitched.
Humber began the 2013 season in the Astros starting rotation, making seven starts and nine appearances overall before eventually being outrighted to Oklahoma City.