Angels sign right-hander Kip Wells to minor league contract

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This isn’t going to turn around the Angels’ slow start, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the club has signed right-hander Kip Wells to a minor league contract.

Wells, who turns 36 later this month, was signed after having a workout with the Angels yesterday. He owns a 4.71 ERA over 12 major league seasons, including a 4.58 ERA and 19/20 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings over seven starts with the Padres last season.

The Angels will be without Jered Weaver for at least the next four weeks with a fractured left (non-throwing) elbow, so Wells will function as starting pitching depth. Garrett Richards is currently filling Weaver’s spot in the rotation.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.