ST. PETERSURG - The Red Sox are not one of the of the four teams who have expressed an interest in David Wells. But as of this moment, it doesn't appear Wells is going to pitch this year.
Wells is looking for a team to pick up the incentives that remained in his deal. The Padres owe him $1 million in base salary, but Wells also had $1.13 million in incentives that he likely would have made had he not been released by San Diego.
Agent Gregg Clifton said this evening that no team has been willing to pick up the incentives. Clifton said if that remains the case, Wells will not pitch.
The Rockies and Dodgers are definitely two of the teams. There are two others, which are hoping to keep their inquiries with Clifton quiet.
A few other items:
1. No troubles with David Ortiz, who is out of tonight's lineup. It's just part of the rotation of players Terry Francona is trying to rest on a rotating basis. It seemed like a logical night for Ortiz to take a breather with Scott Kazmir (Oriz is 5-for-34, one home run vs. Kazmir) on the hill. I guess I'm getting old but I remmeber coming to the ballpark and seeing the same lineup in there day in and day out. Consequently, Manny Ramirez is DHing.
2. Bobby Kielty is batting third playing left field. The main reason is that he's 7-for-13 with two homers and four RBI vs. Kazmir. As Oakland GM Billy Beane told me this week, Kielty can hit tough left-handed pitching. So far he's shown that ability.
3. Matt Clement threw a 50-pitch side session yesterday. He's feeling great. Francona thought it might be mid-September when Clemet is pitching in a game. The issue is where? It's not of the realm of possibility Clement might have to pitch in the instructional league.
4. It'll be interesting to watch Kevin Cash catch Tim Wakefield. Cash does have experience catching the flutterball, catching two of John Barnes starts and five of Charlie Zinks' starts in Pawtucket. Doug Mirabelli, who is on the DL, had caught 42 straight starts for Wakefield since being re-acquired May 1 of last season from the San Diego Padres.
5. Haverhill's Carlos Pena said he hasn't heard anything about a contract with the D-Rays for next season. "I love it here," said Pena, who is arbitration-eligible. "I live in this area now so this is perfect for me. I've enjoyed it here. We're on our way up and things are going to get better."
6. Rhode Island's Rocco Baldelli is making his first rehab start at Vero Beach on his road back from a strained left hamstring which he incurred on May 16th. Baldelli, the Devil Rays' starting center-fielder, had one set back in his recovery and now seems to be on the road back. He's missed 86 games this season with injuries.
7. Good or bad? Eric Gagne is available tonight.