Rays acquire Wesley Wright from Astros


Houston is sending away another veteran, trading left-handed reliever Wesley Wright to Tampa Bay for cash considerations.

Wright was the longest-tenured Astro, debuting in 2008 as a Rule 5 pick and appearing in a total of 286 games with a 4.44 ERA. He’s been a pretty solid setup man since the beginning of last season, throwing 94 innings with a 3.56 ERA and 94/33 K/BB ratio, so it’s surprising that the Rays were able to acquire the 28-year-old for cash.

Now that Wright is gone Erik Bedard is the only player on the entire Astros’ roster making more than $500,000 and even he’s bargain-priced at $1.5 million.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.