Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Totally An Insurance Claim
Nothing to get excited about, but Our Washington Nationals signed veteran right handed pitcher Kip Wells to a non-guaranteed minor league deal today. A journeyman by every stretch of the imagination--Wells has 10 Years of Major League Service under his belt. I recall Wells having a blood clot in his throwing arm in 2006 and having surgery to fix the issue. Then, a flare-up last year. A low-risk signing that is really an insurance claim in case someone else goes down injured on Our Pitching Staff. Kip does score points though, from not having ever been in The Cincinnati Organization--or even The Diamondbacks.
Nothing to loose here--only a gain. A typical move that many teams take just to see if someone has anything left in the tank. You never know and if he surprises--so be it. If not, Kip Wells doesn't cost you anything.
Kip Wells is also a very good example of a former 1st Round Pick (16th Overall) taken in the 1998 Entry Draft that never really panned out--thinking back to yesterday's post about Ross Detwiler. So, not fully blossoming does happen, more times than many may believe.
Here is the complete press release from the team:
NATIONALS AGREE TO TERMS WITH RHP KIP WELLS
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms on a non-guaranteed minor-league contract with right-handed pitcher Kip Wells. Nationals Vice President of Baseball Operations and Assistant General Manager Mike Rizzo made this announcement.
The 31-year-old Wells is 65-94 with a 4.67 ERA in 256 games (205 starts) spanning 10 big league seasons with Chicago-AL (1999-2001), Pittsburgh (2002-06), Texas (2006), St. Louis (2007), Colorado (2008) and Kansas City (2008). Wells won a career-high 12 games with Pittsburgh in 2002. He pitched in 25 games last season with Colorado and Kansas City.