Wells to the Padres

The New York Post has reported that the San Diego Padres will sign David Wells to a one year deal. Citing sources in San Diego, the Post says the team will pay him a $1.5 to $1.7 base salary with a large incentive clause.<br><br>

David Wells, who will turn 41 in May, is coming off back surgery and his rehab is three weeks ahead of schedule according to sources.

The NY Post specifically reports the following:

"The Padres, according to sources in San Diego, have agreed to give Wells a major league contract with no restrictions such as weight clauses, upon which the Yankees were insisting. The Bombers had only been offering a minor-league deal. It's believed Wells will sign with the Padres for a $1.5 to $1.75 million base with the chance to double that through incentives."

Wells, a left-hander, was 15-7 last season with a 4.41 ERA and was 2-1 in the post-season for the Yankees.

He pitched in 213 innings last year and posted a 1.23 WHIP while striking out 101 and walking 20. Wells is the third starter to be acquired this offseason by the Padres.

Wells is a native of Torrance, CA and reportedly views this as a coming home of sorts.

The club has scheduled a noon press conference to announce the signing.

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