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Jerry_Manuel
12-20-2001, 09:43 PM
Physical, minor details stand in deal's way
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks are on the brink of adding David Wells to their already potent rotation.

Wells needs to pass a physical exam, and other minor details need to be worked out. The 38-year-old left-hander's agent said Thursday the deal is 85-percent complete, and that Wells expects to sign a one-year deal loaded with incentives shortly after the new year.

"We hit it off well. He's happy. We're happy. We've agreed to agree," Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo said Thursday. "There's some I's to dot and T's to cross and a physical to take. I fully expect him to be in a Diamondback uniform next year, and he's looking forward to it."

Wells would be the No. 3 starter behind Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, co-MVPs of Arizona's World Series triumph over the New York Yankees.

Wells was 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA in 16 starts for the Chicago White Sox this year. His season was cut short because of back surgery.

On Tuesday, Wells met with Colangelo in Phoenix, and they attended a Suns game that night. Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace joined them for a time at the game, and again later at the same pizzeria where Grace was courted as a free agent by Colangelo a year ago.

"I think I'm 6-for-6 at Pizzeria Bianco," Colangelo said.

Wells returned to his home near Tampa, Fla., and planned to meet with his old boss, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

But the pitcher's agent, Gregg Clifton, indicated Wells' mind already was made up.

"He's really pleased with the prospect of being the No. 3 starter for the world champions," Clifton said. "Nothing is finalized. We're close, but we're not done. There are still a few things that need to be worked out."

Colangelo sold Wells on the approach that helped build a World Series champion.

"It was the commitment to winning that Jerry Colangelo spoke about," Clifton said. "Jerry Colangelo spent 11 hours talking with David, eating with him, in meetings."

Known for his fondness for the nightlife, Wells said he has lost about 20 pounds during rehabilitation.

"A healthy David Wells could make a tremendous impact on any team," Colangelo said. "Certainly in a No. 3 starting role behind two horses like Johnson and Schilling, he's a perfect fit. So the real question is his health.

"He's on a very, very disciplined program in terms of conditioning," Colangelo said. "He's lost a lot of weight. He's focused."

As for Wells' penchant for life in the fast lane, Colangelo drew a laugh in a luncheon speech Wednesday when he said, "I told him Phoenix isn't New York. Little happens here that I don't hear about."

Wells, who pitched a perfect game for the Yankees in May 1998, has a 166-114 record and a 4.08 ERA in 15 major league seasons. In 19 postseason appearances, he is 8-1 with a 2.74 ERA, including victories in his last seven decisions.

Wells' age is no concern for an Arizona organization that has loaded its roster with players in the last years of big-time careers. Johnson is 38, Schilling 34.

"He won 20 games the season before last," Colangelo said. "If he's healthy, I think we're catching him on the rebound."

Manager Bob Brenly has said that Miguel Batista has earned a spot in the rotation with his performance as a part-time starter last season. Lefty Brian Anderson might get the last starting spot, although Todd Stottlemyre is trying to make a comeback from elbow surgery.

GASHWOUND
12-20-2001, 10:47 PM
Originally posted by Jerry_Manuel
Physical, minor details stand in deal's way
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks are on the brink of adding David Wells to their already potent rotation.

"We hit it off well. He's happy. We're happy. We've agreed to agree," Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo said Thursday. "There's some I's to dot and T's to cross and a physical to take. I fully expect him to be in a Diamondback uniform next year, and he's looking forward to it."

Wells said he has lost about 20 pounds during rehabilitation.

"A healthy David Wells could make a tremendous impact on any team," Colangelo said. "Certainly in a No. 3 starting role behind two horses like Johnson and Schilling, he's a perfect fit. So the real question is his health.

"He's on a very, very disciplined program in terms of conditioning," Colangelo said. "He's lost a lot of weight. He's focused."

Wells' age is no concern for an Arizona organization that has loaded its roster with players in the last years of big-time careers. Johnson is 38, Schilling 34.

"He won 20 games the season before last," Colangelo said. "If he's healthy, I think we're catching him on the rebound."

Looks like everything we were saying when we got him. And Wells couldn't have lost the 20lbs while with us? Maybe that back wouldn't have gotten hurt. I wonder if he's gonna suck again next year or will he have the season he had in 2000. If he sucks we can laugh at the D-Backs, but if he is good than we're gonna be thinkin, "why the hell couldn't he'd done that with us?" Well, I'm gonna be thinking that anyway.

czalgosz
12-20-2001, 10:50 PM
Geez, the D-Backs are somehow going to be even older next season than they were this season. What's their average age, 36?

kermittheefrog
12-20-2001, 11:01 PM
Originally posted by GASHWOUND


Looks like everything we were saying when we got him. And Wells couldn't have lost the 20lbs while with us? Maybe that back wouldn't have gotten hurt. I wonder if he's gonna suck again next year or will he have the season he had in 2000. If he sucks we can laugh at the D-Backs, but if he is good than we're gonna be thinkin, "why the hell couldn't he'd done that with us?" Well, I'm gonna be thinking that anyway.

I spend more time thinking about things like "Why couldn't we give Cory Lidle a chance?" or "Why couldn't we give up a reliever for D'Angelo Jimenez so we could have a young starting SS?"

duke of dorwood
12-20-2001, 11:08 PM
:XL

Incentives? They paying me by the pound?

CLR01
12-20-2001, 11:13 PM
Originally posted by duke of dorwood
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Incentives? They paying me by the pound?



Dont let the door hit your butterball ass on the way out. Oh wait you will get stuck trying to get through it so that wont be a problem.

kermittheefrog
12-20-2001, 11:16 PM
What does dark blue text mean? More pissed off than that Bunny in Holy Grail?

FarWestChicago
12-20-2001, 11:17 PM
Originally posted by kermittheefrog
What does dark blue text mean? More pissed off than that Bunny in Holy Grail? It's an intentional misuse of the Official WSI Sarcasm color--teal.

CLR01
12-20-2001, 11:21 PM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago
It's an intentional misuse of the Official WSI Sarcasm color--teal.


West must have been on vacation, but the dark blue is the official sarcasm color of WSI.

FarWestChicago
12-20-2001, 11:23 PM
Originally posted by CLR01



West must have been on vacation, but the dark blue is the official sarcasm color of WSI. You have no idea how easy it would be for me to remove all colors except for teal. :smile:

CLR01
12-20-2001, 11:25 PM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago
You have no idea how easy it would be for me to remove all colors except for teal. :smile:


LOL

bjmarte
12-21-2001, 01:33 AM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago
You have no idea how easy it would be for me to remove all colors except for teal. :smile:

Instead of removing all of the colors, why don't you just change dark blue to teal?

FarWestChicago
12-21-2001, 01:36 AM
Originally posted by bjmarte


Instead of removing all of the colors, why don't you just change dark blue to teal? I like the way you think. :smile:

RedPinStripes
12-21-2001, 01:43 AM
:XL
"Hey Jerry. Where are all the biker bars and trashy bitches in town"?

bjmarte
12-21-2001, 01:47 AM
Originally posted by RedPinStripes
:XL
"Hey Jerry. Where are all the biker bars and trashy bitches in town"?
ROFL!! :D:

cheeses_h_rice
12-21-2001, 10:01 AM
Did anyone else have the Pavlovian response of thinking Jerry meant the Yankees in his subject line? Took me two seconds to realize that the D-backs were indeed the World Champs!

Paulwny
12-21-2001, 12:24 PM
Originally posted by cheeses_h_rice
Did anyone else have the Pavlovian response of thinking Jerry meant the Yankees in his subject line? Took me two seconds to realize that the D-backs were indeed the World Champs!

Yea, I'm so brain washed I thought the same thing.

RichH55
12-22-2001, 08:54 AM
Originally posted by cheeses_h_rice
Did anyone else have the Pavlovian response of thinking Jerry meant the Yankees in his subject line? Took me two seconds to realize that the D-backs were indeed the World Champs!

I was just going to post the same thing minus the witty Pavlovian commentary....good work my friend


"Homer, Homer Simpson. He's the greatest guy in history! From the town of Springfield, he's about to hit a chestnut tree!"

Nellie_Fox
12-23-2001, 02:32 AM
Yep, I sure enough thought Wells had signed with the Yankees when I read the header. We have certainly been conditioned to think "world champs = Yankees."