Rangers sign right-hander Wright

Rangers sign right-hander Wright

ARLINGTON -- While waiting to finish a contract on Sammy Sosa, the Rangers have signed right-handed pitcher Jamey Wright to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

He'll compete with John Koronka, Kameron Loe, Edinson Volquez, Josh Rupe and others for a spot in the starting rotation.

Wright, who turned 32 in December, was 6-10 with a 5.19 ERA in 34 games, including 21 starts for the San Francisco Giants in 2006 and was 8-16 with a 5.46 ERA in 2005.

He made seven starts for the Rangers' Triple-A team in Oklahoma in 2003 but was not brought up to the big leagues.

He has a career record of 67-98 with a 5.14 ERA in 260 games, including 237 starts in all or parts of 11 Major League seasons. He won a career-high 11 games for the Brewers in 2001. He was the Rockies No. 1 draft pick in 1993.

The completion of the Sosa deal is still pending and club officials say now that it probably won't be formally announced until sometime next week.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.