Left-hander David Wells, released earlier this month by the San Diego Padres, reached a tentative contract agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
It's expected that Wells, 44, will start for Los Angeles against the Mets on Sunday.
Wells was 5-8 with a 5.54 ERA and opponents had a .322 average against him when his hometown Padres designated him for assignment on Aug. 10. Talent evaluators who saw Wells pitch in July and August believe he was having a difficult time maintaining his delivery into the middle innings.
This move has the stench of desperation all over it, but the downside seems minimal given the wretched state of the Dodger rotation. And guess who's currently scheduled to start Sunday? Brett Tomko. Maybe not such a bad idea after all.