Buster Olney reports Padres close to trading for Wells.

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HollywoodLeo

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Updated: Aug. 30, 2006, 9:03 PM ET
Red Sox, Padres close to completing Wells trade

By Buster Olney

ESPN The Magazine


The Red Sox moved steadily toward the completion of a trade of veteran left-hander David Wells, identifying Class AAA catcher George Kottaras as the player they want if they complete a deal with the Padres. Boston has continued to talk to the Dodgers and Cardinals and perhaps the Reds, but it appears that San Diego is the front-runner to get Wells.

"I don't think there's any doubt now that he's going to be traded," said one source familiar with the conversations.

Wells is from San Diego and has pitched for the Padres in the past, and it may be best for all parties that he winds up going where he wants to go, because there is the possibility that at age 43, Wells would simply retire if he didn't like the team to which he was traded.

Kottaras is playing for Triple-A Portland, where he is hitting .233 with two homers and 13 RBI. The Red Sox organization is in need of catching, and Kottaras has a reputation as a solid defender.

The idea that the Red Sox might trade Wells would've seemed absurd two weeks ago, but Boston has now dropped six straight games; after losing to Oakland on Wednesday afternoon, the Red Sox were 10 games behind the Yankees in the loss column in the AL East.
 

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HollywoodLeo said:
Updated: Aug. 30, 2006, 9:03 PM ET
Red Sox, Padres close to completing Wells trade

By Buster Olney

ESPN The Magazine


The Red Sox moved steadily toward the completion of a trade of veteran left-hander David Wells, identifying Class AAA catcher George Kottaras as the player they want if they complete a deal with the Padres. Boston has continued to talk to the Dodgers and Cardinals and perhaps the Reds, but it appears that San Diego is the front-runner to get Wells.

"I don't think there's any doubt now that he's going to be traded," said one source familiar with the conversations.

Wells is from San Diego and has pitched for the Padres in the past, and it may be best for all parties that he winds up going where he wants to go, because there is the possibility that at age 43, Wells would simply retire if he didn't like the team to which he was traded.

Kottaras is playing for Triple-A Portland, where he is hitting .233 with two homers and 13 RBI. The Red Sox organization is in need of catching, and Kottaras has a reputation as a solid defender.

The idea that the Red Sox might trade Wells would've seemed absurd two weeks ago, but Boston has now dropped six straight games; after losing to Oakland on Wednesday afternoon, the Red Sox were 10 games behind the Yankees in the loss column in the AL East.
Geez, who'da thunk it; a player cominta the Padsta get into a pennant race!!:icon_shrug: :icon_huh: :lol: :icon_rofl:
 

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BFISA said:
Geez, who'da thunk it; a player cominta the Padsta get into a pennant race!!:icon_shrug: :icon_huh: :lol: :icon_rofl:
The Padres have until 9pm EST to get er done. This is so Wells can be on the postseason roster.

Coming up on radio 1090, an UPDATE on the Wells quest...

Oops, 9pm PST...whatever....
 

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Latest is that the trade still isnt done, but VERY CLOSE. Padres are the frontrunner, of course.

As others have said, I agree that I am kinda ambiguous regarding this trade.:tup: :tdown:

The post-season rotation with Wells would probably be:

Peavy
Young
Williams
Wells

Hensley would go back to the bullpen. He would be the first up for long-term relief if needed.
 

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let me see if get this
A AAA stud, a guy people compare to Jorge Posada and was in hte long term Pad plans for teh future
FOR
A 43 yr old broken down pitcher who loves to surf and won't play beyond this year


UHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh? :tdown:
 

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ESPN just reported that Wells has indeed been traded to the Pads.
I was just going to post this... as I just heard it myself.

The ole slug beat me to it...

Hey, who did they send for him?
 

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PostAnteaterCharger said:
let me see if get this
A AAA stud, a guy people compare to Jorge Posada and was in hte long term Pad plans for teh future
FOR
A 43 yr old broken down pitcher who loves to surf and won't play beyond this year


UHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh? :tdown:
Nice to plan for the future, Ant... I really agree with you there.. BUT... when a team has immediate needs to address, they can't always look all that far ahead.
 

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I jes heard it during halftime of the BC, Central Michigan game.
 

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PostAnteaterCharger said:
let me see if get this
A AAA stud, a guy people compare to Jorge Posada and was in hte long term Pad plans for teh future
FOR
A 43 yr old broken down pitcher who loves to surf and won't play beyond this year


UHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh? :tdown:
He (kotteras) hasn't exactly been tearing it up in the past two years at AA and AAA.

I'm not sold on the deal just yet, but i'm also not sold on it being the travesty type situation it seems like on the surface either.

The sportsline.com article doesn't mention Kotteras, although I imagine he'll be the "player to be named"

http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/story/9630224

The Red Sox are to receive a player to be announced or cash.