Brewers Acquire Chase Wright, Ramiro Mendoza

According to a press release, the Brewers acquired pitcher Chase Wright from the Yankees for outfielder/catcher Eric Fryer.

Wright, who turns 26 in a few days, spent most of 2008 with the Yankees’ Double A and Triple A clubs.  He posted strong ERAs and strong groundball rates, but low strikeout rates as well.  In their 2007 Handbook, Baseball America said Wright had "solid stuff" and "profiles best at the back of a rotation."  He was designated for assignment when Andy Pettitte was signed.  Fryer, 23, hit .335/.407/.506 in 104 games at Low A.

According to’s Adam McCalvy, the Brewers also added reliever Ramiro Mendoza on a minor league deal.  Mendoza’s last useful big league stint was in ’04 with the Red Sox; he racked up a lot of innings for the Yankees in the late 90s/early 2000s.

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