Jaret Wright

As Robert noted in the comments, the Braves claimed Jaret Wright off of waivers from the Padres. This was so inexplicable that even Skip and Joe seemed dumbfounded by it. Wright’s arm is deader than Ty Cobb. He had put up an 8.07 ERA for the Padres and there is nothing good in his line except a decent strikeout total. He’s allowing over two baserunners an inning and something like 1.8 home runs per nine. This is in the bullpen, mind you. Every team in the NL passed on him — because otherwise he couldn’t get to the Braves — and I’ll bet even the Tigers would have in the AL.

It’s not like this is a new thing — he was even worse in limited play last year and nearly as bad in 2001. There are at least 100 pitchers in the minor leagues better than Jaret Wright. Heck, there are probably 15-20 in the Braves organization alone. There are guys coaching in high school now who are probably better. Bringing back Phil Niekro would have been a better option. There are position players better. Women’s fast-pitch softball pitchers. Japanese Little Leaguers.

This smells like one of Bobby and/or Leo’s quixotic quests to get some guy whom they once saw pitch well and think they can fix. The victim here is probably Joey Dawley, who’s only been back up for two days and now will have to sit on his hands for the next ten or fifteen, however long it is, because even with roster expansion I believe he’s got to spend time in the minors before he comes back.