Cubs non-tender John Baker, Wesley Wright
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The Cubs parted ways with left-handed reliever Wesley Wright and backup catcher John Baker at Tuesday night’s non-tender deadline.
They were the only two among the Cubs’ 10 arbitration-eligible players who were non-tendered by the club.
Wright, who had a 3.17 ERA in 58 games in his lone season for the Cubs, made $1.425 million in 2014. Baker hit .192 in 68 games and earned a pitching victory with a scoreless inning in a 16-inning game against the Rockies.
Wright’s departure leaves two left-handers in the Cubs’ bullpen, pending possible upcoming moves: Zac Rosscup and Joe Ortiz (who was claimed off waivers from the Rangers in October).
The Cubs have four other left-handers on the 40-man roster: Travis Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada, Felix Doubront and Eric Jokisch.
The eight arbitration-eligible players tendered contracts: Wood, Doubront, right-handers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop; outfielders Chris Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano; catcher Welington Castillo; and infielder Luis Valbuena.
Tuesday’s moves left 37 players on the Cubs’ 40-man roster.