Money Back Guarantee

Apparently David Wells, the front line starter for the San Diego Padres, comes with a money back guarantee. And the truth is in his contract. Wells met with reporters on Saturday and backed up his claim and seemed to touch on the reasons for his incentive laden contract.

"My main objective is eventually to get out there and give them 200-plus innings," said David Wells. "If I do that I'll have a pretty good year. I don't want to just think of this as my last hurrah. If that were the case, I'd say, 'here's your money back.' I'm not going to go out there just to say I did it."

Fans in San Diego realize what Wells could mean to this club, an NL West pennant and a shot at more.

The contract put together by the club ensures he will put his best foot forward. If he succeeds, he will get rewarded. And if he does end up swaying in the breeze and toppling over, the Padres may topple with him – but the financial commitments will be negligible.

"The Padres put a deal together that showed me a little respect by giving me a Major League contract," Wells said. "The Yankees didn't want to do that."

It is that small ounce of faith that has brought Wells home.

His base salary for this season is a paltry $1.25 million and through incentives that include number of starts, Wells could end up with $7 million.

Talk about incentive.

Wells doesn't sound like a man who is about to fail. Instead he sounds revived and has a different swagger than the vagabond many equate him to.

"It's just a matter of the conditioning and staying on top of my regimen," said Wells. "I've gotten through it before, and the outcome was great. I had two good years after my first back surgery. You get antsy and you want to get out there and run around with the guys, but I can't compete with these 21-year-olds anymore on the field. All I can do is compete on the mound."

Ultimately, it is his conditioning that will tell the tale. On the wrong side of 40, Wells understands he will have to do more to stay in shape. It is an almost new philosophy for the lefthander.

Call it a Jerry Rice moment.

"As long as I stay healthy, I know I can be valuable to this team."

And that is all the Padres asked when they signed him.


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