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Today the Chicago Cubs outrighted Randy Wells to AAA Iowa after he cleared waivers. Either Casey Coleman or Chris Volstad is expected to take Wells’ spot in the rotation until Ryan Dempster is ready to return.

Designated for assignment earlier this week, Wells will now try once again to figure things out in the minors. While I’m no longer optimistic, it’s nice to still have him in the organization, I suppose. And, who knows? If/when guys like Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza are traded, Wells could actually get another shot in the rotation this year, as incredible as that seems.

Even more incredible? The Cubs might be able to trade Wells, in spite of everything, before the July 31 trade deadline.

Jayson Stark (in an article that appears to have since been changed) suggested that the Blue Jays could be interested in Wells as they search for cheaper starting pitching options after suffering a string of injuries. The obvious question you might be asking: if the Blue Jays have interest in Wells, why wouldn’t they have just claimed him on waivers? Well, I can’t answer for certain, but I have a couple ideas. The first is “they’re not interested.” It’s possible (and that could be why Stark may have changed his article – seeing that Wells cleared waivers, he decided to drop that bit). More likely, the Blue Jays were not interested in taking on Wells’ entire contract. He’s owed another $1.5 million or so for the rest of the year, and if the Blue Jays claimed him on waivers, they’re on the hook for all of that. Perhaps they’d take Wells if the Cubs ate his remaining dollars.

Even if that happened, you can count out getting a decent prospect. Wells simply doesn’t have any value right now. At best, the Cubs could get a flyer, flawed “prospect.”

The Blue Jays, you’ll note, once took a chance on Wells before – they took him in the Rule 5 Draft back in 2008, but he didn’t stick, and was returned to the Cubs.

  • CityCub

    What kind of prospect could they get for wells? I know the jays have probably the best farm system.

    • hansman1982

      Think Hayden Simpson

  • AD

    I doubt they could get anything. Best case scenario maybe the Blue Jays swap Adam Lind for Wells.

  • Cubs Dude

    The Blue Jays have almost no chance of making the playoffs this year. I don’t get why they are always linked to pitchers? They will be lucky to not finish last in their division.

    • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

      They are linked to crappy pitchers now. I don’t think they’ll spend prospects on a good pitcher any more.

      • Cubs Dude

        I think the Jays should be sellers and move Bautista now when his value is sky high. I don’t get why they would want to be moderately bad. They have a ton of young talent, and Bautista will be 32 in October. Just when the Yankees and Sox are getting old the Jays could be hitting their prime in a couple years.

  • Rick Vaughn

    Unless a team eats his entire salary, I really see no point in trading him. We could lose Dempster and Garza this month, and as bad as Wells has been this year, I absolutely refuse to watch Casey Coleman start. If the Jays didn’t claim him, that tells me that they’re not interested in absorbing his salary, or are hoping to have us take on one of their bad contracts in a trade. I’d rather keep Wells.

    • rcleven

      As bad as Wells has been Shark has been worse.

  • Leroy K.

    Rizzo traded for Wells—-poor Iowa lol…

  • hansman1982

    Are the DFA waivers non-revocable?

  • Jason “Thundermug”

    Well White Sox are pounding this Yankee pitcher Adam Warren I wonder if Cashman has just speed dialed Theo/Jed to talk trade for Garza ??

  • scorecardpaul

    How about this, maybee they are looking at Garza, and want Wells as a bonus??

  • czechxican

    Oh hell, Drabek done for year? Wonder if he’d be available as damaged goods??

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