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August 8, 2007 at 2:44 PM

Adam Jones, David Wells fodder

John McLaren had some interesting pre-game comments about Adam Jones that indicated a decided lack of urgency to get him into the lineup. I asked him if he had crystallized his plans on how to use Jones. Here’s his reply:
“You know what, even if he doesn’t play it’s a good learning process for him. We’re going to use him in different places, spot starts, defense, pinch running, possible pinch-hitting. It’s not a priority for me to find him a place to play right now. We feel like he had done all he could in Triple-A, and he could just learn by being here, around some of the guys: See how they go about their business, and let him get his feet on the ground and so forth.
“The situation is going to dictate his playing time, who needs a rest and so on and so forth. That’s not a knock on Adam. That’s just the way we had it planned.”
So it sounds like the status quo, with Jones getting sporadic use, at least for the time being. I’m surprised they’re not putting more of an emphasis on getting him in there, to be honest. I understand the lineup headaches it would create, and I also understand McLaren’s loyalty to veterans like Ibanez. But I still think that Jones has the potential to really give them a spark at a time they could use one.
I see that David Wells is about to become available. The Padres said today they will cut the 44-year-old lefty Thursday when they activate Chris Young off the DL. Wells may retire, but his agent said he would definitely be interested in pitching for a contender. The Padres have said they would be willing to designate Wells for assignment and try to facilitate a deal to another team if that’s what Wells wants.
I’d be surprised if the Mariners didn’t at least discuss the question of whether Wells could help them down the stretch. The M’s have a long history of making deals with San Diego GM Kevin Towers.
However, he has been terrible over his last four starts (0-3 with a 14.33 ERA). In his last start against St. Louis, he gave up seven runs in 11 hits over four-plus innings, and was the pitcher on the mound to start the inning in which the Cardinals tied a major league record with 10 consecutive hits. Overall, he is 5-8 with a 5.54 ERA.
Wells has a 235-156 lifetime mark, and has made the postseason in 11 seasons. In 27 postseason appearances (17 starts), he is 10-5 with a 3.17 ERA.
It’s an intriguing thought, adding Boomer Wells to the rotation. A fresh start might be what he needs. But there’s also the risk that he’s reached the end of the line at age 44. It happens to everyone.

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