Randy Wells, who pitched for the Cubs from 2008-2012 and unsuccessfully competed for a spot in the Rangers’ starting rotation this spring, has retired at age 30 according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Wells had been pitching at Triple-A Round Rock, where he went 0-4 with a 6.08 ERA in five starts. He pitched a total of 529 innings in the majors with a 4.08 ERA and 345/189 K/BB ratio, including an impressive 2009 rookie season in which he won a dozen games with a 3.05 ERA.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.
Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.
There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?
All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.
If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.