Where a left handed pitcher has been placed on waivers by his team, the Cardinals will be there. So you would have to believe they will be all over Chase Wright, once a highly-touted Yankees prospect who lost his place on the 40-man roster Tuesday with the re-signing of Andy Pettitte.
Wright, who didn't pitch in the majors in 2008, is best known for giving up back-to-back-to-back to back homers to the Red Sox in 2007. That couldn't have gone over well with the Big Stein. It was only the second time in history that a major league pitcher gave up four consecutive home runs.
In 2007, after five seasons of kicking around in the minors, Wright made it to Class AA where he started out on fire, striking out 19 in his first two games. He was promoted to the major league club due to injuries. But he didn't fare well, ending up with a 7.20 ERA.
But Wright is only 25 and he isn't arbitration eligible until 2011. So there may be a considerable number of teams lining up for his services.
Wright throws a low 90s fastball along with a curve, slider and change-up.
He was 8-2 at Class AA Trenton in 2008 with a 2.96 ERA and 53 strikeouts compared to 34 walks in 94 1/3 innings. He also pitched at Class AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre where he was 2-1 with a 2.41 in 37 1/3 innings. He struck out 19 there and walked nine.
Worst case scenario, Wright could spend the season at Memphis waiting for Trever Miller's labrum to tear or Royce Ring to have a season like he did in 2008. Otherwise, looking at the competition, it is entirely possible he could win a major league job with the Cardinals out of spring training.