The Los Angeles Dodgers inked a deal today with veteran lefty David Wells. Wells, who is in his 21st ML season and with his ninth team overall, was released earlier this month by the San Diego Padres.
So, what does this mean for the Dodgers? The team is tied for third in the Wild Card two games behind the Padres and is 5.5 games out of first-place in the NL West. The Diamondbacks hold the lead in that division, while the Padres are 3.5 games out of first-place.
Wells, who is 44, has a record of 235 wins and 156 loses overall and a lifetime ERA of 4.12 and OBA .271. In 2000 with Toronto, he won 20 games, which stands as his highest number of wins in one season. This year with San Diego he was 5- 8 with an ERA of 5.54. Opponents were knocking him around this season as he posted a .322 BA. In 2006, he was 11- 12 with the Red Sox and Padres.
The question isâ€”why did the Dodgers sign Wells? The fact is that pitching on the major league level is always precious and vets with overall good grades are worth the gamble.
Wellsâ€™ agent, Gregg Clifton, said, “David’s excited to have an opportunity to continue his career with a team that has such a storied history. He’s excited to help any way he can to get the Dodgers back to the playoffs.”
Thatâ€™s agent-speak for â€˜The Dodgers need Wells more than he needs them, but the whole thing may be useless.â€?
This season Wells, who needs masterful control of his curve ball to succeed, had difficulty maintaining his control in the middle innings. For him to help the Dodgers make it to the playoffs, heâ€™ll need to be pinpoint.
The fact is that with so few starts left for Wells itâ€™s doubtful heâ€™ll have much of an impact. He probably has 6 or 7 starts left. Not enough to make a ripple. The problem for LA is that their pitching staff has been weakened by injuries, including those to starters right-hander Jason Schmidt and left-hander Randy Wolf. Schmidt was 1- 4 before getting hurt and Wolf was 9- 6.
Wellsâ€™ signing proves that the desperate days in MLB are upon us. What else can you expect with time running out on everyone?