Rays acquire LHP Wesley Wright from Astros

08/13/2013 11:17 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Wesley Wright had a 3.92 ERA in 54 appearances for the Astros.(AP)
The Tampa Bay Rays made a move to bolster their bullpen Monday, acquiring LHP Wesley Wright from the Houston Astros for cash considerations.

The Rays had previously claimed Wright off waivers before the two teams struck a deal for the durable southpaw, and he is expected to join his new team, who currently holds a two-game lead for the second AL Wild Card spot, on Tuesday.

Wright, 28, made 54 appearances for the Astros – a number that had him tied for fifth among AL relievers through Monday – and was 0-4 with a 3.92 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 41.1 innings pitched.

Now in his sixth season, Wright was the longest-tenured player on the Astros roster, and, at just over $1 million was the second-highest paid behind fellow southpaw Erik Bedard.

To make room for Wright, the Rays optioned RHP Josh Lueke, who was called up when the team designated Kyle Farnsworth for assignment on Friday, back to Triple-A Durham.

Meanwhile, the Astros replaced Wright on their roster by purchasing the contract of RHP Philip Humber from Triple-A Oklahoma City; Humber was 0-8 with a 9.59 ERA in nine games (seven starts) for Houston earlier this season, and was 2-4 with a 4.68 ERA in 20 games (seven starts) for the RedHawks.

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