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Cubs designate Randy Wells for assignment

Jun 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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In a move which should come as no surprise, the Cubs announced this morning that they have designated Randy Wells for assignment.

Wells failed to make it out of the fourth inning last night against the Mets. The 29-year-old right-hander gave up three runs and issued four walks, including one to opposing pitcher Dillon Gee, who was trying to give him an out with a sacrifice bunt.

Wells posted a 3.02 ERA as a rookie back in 2009, but he hasn’t come anywhere close to the same success since. After being limited to 23 starts last season due to a forearm injury, he has an ugly 5.34 ERA and 14/24 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings this year.

Wells is making $2.705 million this season as a first-time arbitration-eligible player, so he should pass through waivers easily. As Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com notes, today’s move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, who should officially sign with the Cubs within the next few days.

  1. cerowb - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    This should probably be the last time Randy Wells is seen on a Major League roster. Thanks for the effort and a good 2009 season, but it’s time for you to go, Randy.

  2. blues1988 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    this guy is from my hometown, near st. louis and boy is he an asshole. see him at bars all the time hammered and he is just such a prick. karma’s a bitch, good to see him getting sent down.

    • hoopmatch - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Can you give us an example or two of Wells’ poor behavior?

  3. blues1988 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    well i guess it depends on what u consider “etiquette” when seeing a major league baseball player out. but anyway, we were all out at a bar and he was chillin drinkin beers, and my sister kindly said something to him about him being a great pitcher and that she’d paid attention to him since he was in high school and how cool it was he made it to the bigs, and asked for autograph.

    he looked at her like she was the biggest idiot and just laughed at her and walked away. my sister, who is 35 and a 4th grade teacher, said she’s never felt so dumb in her life. basically the consensus for the whole city is that he is a major d bag.

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