August 31, 2006

Padres pick up Wells from Red Sox

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The San Diego Padres bolstered their
post-season hopes on Thursday, acquiring veteran pitcher David
Wells from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash.

Wells, 43, was scheduled to start on Thursday against the
Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park but was scratched before the
game. The deal was announced during Boston's 6-4 win over the
Blue Jays.

The player to be named is believed to be minor league
catcher George Kottaras, considered a top-flight prospect.
Kottaras is playing for Triple-A Portland and is a strong
defensive catcher, something the Red Sox need.

The Padres need pitching help to get back to the
post-season for the second straight year for the first time in
franchise history. The defending NL West champions lead a tight
battle for the NL wild card by one game over Philadelphia and
trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by three games in the NL West.

Wells has been hampered by injuries for most of this season
and has a 2-3 record with a 4.98 ERA. He is a proven clutch
playoff pitcher and the Padres are hoping he can help solidify
their staff for the stretch run.

The veteran pitcher is also building a home in the San
Diego area and had expressed an interest in ending his career
in California, with the Dodgers rumored to have inquired about
his services.

Wells has pitched in 10 post-season games for five clubs,
posting a 10-4 record and 3.15 ERA, and pitched for the Padres
in 2004. His career record is 229-146 with an ERA of 4.07.

Also on Thursday, the Minnesota Twins acquired first
baseman Phil Nevin from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be

Thursday was the last day major league teams could deal and
still have players qualify to be on their new team's
post-season roster.

(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Toronto)