Within hours after David Wells cleared waivers and became a free agent Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies were the first teams to express interest in possibly signing the veteran left-hander.
Wells, 44, was cut free by the Padres last week, after going 5-8 with a 5.54 ERA. Gregg Clifton, his agent, has made it clear that Wells -- who has 235 regular season victories, and a superlative post-season record -- would like to pitch for a contender. The Dodgers have been looking for pitching, in the aftermath of a series of injuries to their starting pitchers, including Jason Schmidt and Randy Wolf. The Rockies have recently lost starters Rodrigo Lopez, Jason Hirsh and Aaron Cook to the disabled list.
Opponents have hit .322 against Wells this season. But with almost no quality starting pitching available for trade this month -- the Blue Jays' Josh Towers and the Orioles' Steve Trachsel are probably the best starters to have gotten through waivers -- the Rockies, Dodgers and perhaps other teams could take a shot with Wells.