Indians Sign Jamey Wright
Wright, 35, led the Kansas City Royals with 65 relief appearances in 2009, going 3-5 with a 4.33 ERA (79.0 IP, 73 H, 38 ER, 44 BB, 60 K) and limited Major League hitters to a .247 (73-285) average against. He also led the Royals with 79.0 relief innings pitched (7th most in the AL) and recorded an ERA of 3.72 (29.0 IP, 22 H, 12 ER) over his last 25 appearances after August 1st. He spent the entire 2008 season in the Texas Rangers bullpen and led the Rangers with a career-high 75 appearances (T3rd most in the AL). His combined 163.1 relief innings over the 2008-09 seasons are a Major League-high while his 140 appearances are 5th most in the AL.
Wright owns a career Major League record of 82-115 with a 5.03 ERA in 420 games (246 starts, 1702.0 IP, 1847 H, 951 ER, 843 BB, 940 K) with six Major League teams since debuting with the Colorado Rockies in 1996. He was Colorado’s first round pick (28th overall selection) in the 1993 draft out of Westmoore (OK) High School. He won a career-high 11 games for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001.