Pirates, Wright agree to minor-league contract

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The Pirates have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with Jaret Wright, a right-handed starter who pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees before shoulder soreness cost him most of last season.

He was limited to three games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2007, going 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA, and pitched only in rehabilitation outings after April. The shoulder was examined but no surgery performed.

Wright, 32, was 11-7 with a 4.49 ERA for the Yankees in 2006, his most recent full season. Two years before that, he was 15-8 with a 3.28 ERA for the Braves. His career numbers: 68-60, 5.09 ERA in 171 starts.

Wright will be invited to spring training, raising the total in that category to 65.

More details in tomorrow's Post-Gazette.


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