We all suspected that last night’s start was Randy Wells’ last start with the Cubs this year, maybe ever, but it may have also featured his last pitches with the Cubs.

Today the Cubs designated Wells for assignment, and recalled Rafael Dolis from AAA Iowa.

The move will take Wells off the 40-man roster, which was arguably an unnecessary step (unless the Cubs are getting ready to add someone like, for example, Jorge Soler), but certainly understandable. The Cubs now have 10 days to trade, release, or waive Wells. I doubt they’ll be able to trade him (at least not for anything remarkable), and I similarly doubt they’ll release him. If he’s waived, the other 29 teams will have a chance to take him on for nothing – except for paying his salary. It’s conceivable that a team might take that chance, given his past success.

If he’s waived and not claimed, Wells could head to Iowa to keep on working. We’ll just have to wait and see how his story ends.

Dolis made the Cubs out of Spring Training and ascended to the closer’s job for a brief stint before wildness and over-reliance on his singularly-effective sinker got him knocked back down to the minors. There, he had a 2.92 ERA in 12.1 innings, striking out 13. He’ll pitch in middle relief for now.

  • TonyP

    If  he is waived and not claimed does he have the option of refusing the assignment to AAA and become a Free Agent?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      He has not – to my knowledge – been outrighted before, so no, he could not refuse. Plus, like with DeWitt, Wells would be giving up a healthy chunk of cash by refusing.

      • TonyP

        Got it thanks Brett

  • ETS

    let’s say Garza and Demp are traded… Who fills out your rotation? Colemann? Rusin? Rowland-Smith? Brooks Raley? Volstad? Other?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If Garza AND Demp are traded, it sort of doesn’t matter. But I wouldn’t mind seeing Volstad back up, and seeing Rusin get a shot (just so we can confirm that his future is probably not in the rotation).

      • DocPeterWimsey

        Also, there is a good chance that the Cubs would acquire a young guy who can start now (e.g., Mike Minor) during the clearance sale.

    • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

      Them or someone received in those trades.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Volstad would probably be one.  Coleman / Rusin would likely be the other.  Unless someone came back in the trade, of course.

    • BD

      I don’t see Coleman as a SP. And while it’s not up to me, I hope they don’t waste their time on him. I think his best contributions will come out of the pen.

  • @cubsfantroy

    Never been a fan of Wells, but it sucks for him that he couldn’t regain his form from a few years ago. Not surprised that this happened either.

  • Edgar

    I don’t if it has been said but he reminds me of the rich hill story

  • Carew

    This is the second best news this week

  • Joker

    I consider this God’s Blessing instead of God’s Wrath. Where is the Far Side cartoon for this good news?

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    Walks is what killed Randy Wells! And if i was Marmol i would take note of this!
    This is what Dale Sveum should have done a longtime ago!

    • RY34

      If that is truly the reason, then I LOVE the decision, which is high time it happened. Cub pitchers seem to be the worst with walks and have been for years; hopefully this move sends a message!

    • Quintz

      I feel like if Randy Wells wanted to throw strikes he could, problem is, if he did they would be hit into orbit, so he’s tries to nibble at corners and walks everyone. Marmol can’t throw strikes and if he could he’d still miss a lot of bats and be a viable reliever. Same problem, but different dynamic.

  • oswego chris

    Am I the only one who thinks that Volsatd should be up pitching now? I don’t care how he was at triple A…he still potentially has some upside and you need to figure it out by the end of this year so you can either non-tender him or offer him a deal…

    • TWC

      Well, I know that Spencer sure agrees with you.

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      I think that makes sense, it can’t be much worse than the others we sent out there.

    • Beer Baron

      While I’d like to see him get starts in the 2nd half so we can maybe learn what we’ve got, they really have to wait until a trade is made to open up a spot. Correct me if I’m wrong, but he’s out of options so if they bring him up for a spot start while Dempster is on the DL, they’ll have to go through the whole waiver process all over again once Dempster returns. If no trade happens, Volstad is no better than the 6th best starter so you either have to send him down or put him in the bullpen at that point. Might as well leave him in Iowa pitching every 5th day until he can slip into the Cubs’ rotation full time.

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    if we trade garza and demp we get more prospects…and are a lock for the #1 pick in this years draft…yea the season gets still uglier, but the farm gets fatter, the future looks brighter, and the payroll keeps dropping… theos plan does show itself at times i guess.

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      Agreed. Trade everyone who has value that isn’t going to be in the long term plans, IF we can get a good package of prospects for them in return. By trading them off, it will help us lose and get the #1 overall pick and that means better prospects and helps the rebuild faster. This season is all about the trading deadline, and getting that #1 overall pick in the draft.

      • mak

        I don’t think we necessarily need the #1, unless there is a Harper/Strasburg (which, by the limited research I’ve done, is probably not the case). Drafting in the top 5 (a virtual lock at this point) should help us land another top prospect (like Almora) in what is considered a strong(er) draft class.

        • Featherstone

          Its not just the number 1 overall pick we secure, but also the largest pool of money to sign our draftees (think what Houston did with their number one pick this year) and also the largest pool to sign IFA’s that year as well. Getting the number one pick is more than just getting to pick first.

  • Mysterious4th

    What randy wells was to the rotation, was casey coleman last year. Every time his start came around thru the year I just cringed!

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    speaking of casey coleman…if he cant cut it out of the pen, theres now way he gets a chance at the rotation. i mean this guy is horrible in just a couple of innings of work. i rather not see a start from him.the casey coleman expirement looks to be exactly like the randy wells expirement at this point.

    • Quintz

      Casey Coleman just saw a fellow horse thief get hanged and has to be a little nervous.

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    shark volstad wood coleman rusin? OUTCH!

  • MSU

    Not that this matters but my buddy works for the cubs (does yours, answers phones, etc.) Claims randy wells is a real jackass with a cold personality towards people below him and he actually said he’s one of the few cubs that isn’t a joy to be around. Never like to see somebody lose his job, but maybe he needs a change of scenery.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Hmm. Well, thanks for passing on the different perspective.

      • MSU

        I’ve never met Randy Wells nor has he ever caused the cubs any PR problems on or off tr field just thought it was interesting because my friend (who I should add only works summers there) has always said most of the cubs are really nice guys.

        • RoughRiider

          Your friend might be looking for another job soon.

      • mak

        Lincoln Park-ers know that Randy (during his MLB stints in 09 and 10) was a frequenter of Joe’s on weed street. A lot. No judgment, just saying.

    • http://bleachernation loyal100more

      i think the change of scenery is out of his hands at this point…pcl and maybe a new club all together. but like MSU was just saying i kinda always guessed that wells was not a happy guy… and perhaps a bit entitaled as far as his roll with the team is concerned. i mean hia attitude has been all wrong sense getting thrown in the pen in favor of volstad. anyway the point being, barney has the right attitude as far as a club house guy and theo and jed trying to insert the “cub way” if your attitude doesnt fit… well maybe you could go hook up with big Z out in miami? obviosly part of the clubs direction is a positive attitude and giving 100%… i love it! pack your shit wells and dont let the door hit ya, where the good lord done split ya!

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  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    hey brett and luke… any guess on who fills out the rotation if and when we deal demp and garza? volstad seems to be coming back if that happens with at least one of these guys, but if they both go whos the next expiriment in the rotation?

  • JulioZuleta

    There’s not really a good place to put this…Last night Ben Badler said on Twitter that Yasiel Puig would NOT be a top 10 prospect in an average system. People love to overhype the most current thing. Once Soler had agreed to terms, and it was announced that Puig had defected, some people, not just his agent, said he could be as good or better than Soler.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, JZ. Given the lack of virtually ANYTHING out there on him other than his agent’s hype, I’m not too surprised.

  • Josh

    Is it reasonable to think the Cubs could land a pitching prospect in the likes of Bundy, Turner, or Banuelos in return for Garza? Of the rumored trade partners, those guys are their best pitching prospects. I am not sure what the asking price is but I hope we would get some elite prospects in return as the top 2 prospects in the Rays system were gained from us in the Garza trade.

    • mak

      No chance on Bundy. I don’t think the Cubs would really want Banuelos unless there was some other substantial pieces involved. Turner remains a good bet if the Tigers are involved.

  • chirogerg

    Bundy is completely off-limits. Buanelos is struggling with injury, and Turner’s value just went way up after his first ML start this year

  • Cubtoberfest

    Wells had a career year in 2009 and never got close to replicating that success again. I’m happy to see the organization turn the page and start to move forward. I’d like to see Volsatd brought back up to see if there is anything there.

  • http://bleachernation.com PattyP

    Go Randy Wells, and take Casey Coleman with you. How many times do we as Cub fans have to witness Casey Coleman suck.

    • Jesse

      Anyone but Volstad…He was horrible

  • Brian

    Randy Wells is a dickhead. Good riddance.

  • Assman22

    Cubs among the teams interested in signing Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig, who was officially declared a free agent on Tuesday

    • Toby

      Personally, I’d love the Cubs to sign Puig because I had an uncle that I never met (died before I was born) whose last name was Puig.

  • Ash

    Now, if we could just get somebody who tended bar at Joe’s to comment on whether Wells was a shitty tipper or not, I think I could finally make my mind up on whether I want him on the hill or not.

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