Padres Sign Kip Wells, Anthony Reyes

The Padres have signed right-handers Kip Wells and Anthony Reyes to minor league contracts, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and MLB.com's Corey Brock (Twitter links). The moves will replenish the club's Triple-A depth following injuries to Tim Stauffer, Dustin Moseley, and Cory Luebke.

Wells, 35, signed with the White Sox last month but was released just ten days later. The Burton Rocks LTD client hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2009 and owns 4.71 ERA in over 1,300 innings. Reports from earlier this spring indicate that his fastball is still running as high as 93 mph.

Reyes, 30, did not play at all last season. He's pitched to a 5.12 ERA in 293 1/3 career innings, but like Wells he hasn't been in the show since 2009. Reyes is perhaps best known for his eight-inning, two-run performance in Game One of the 2006 World Series for the Cardinals.


14 Responses to Padres Sign Kip Wells, Anthony Reyes Leave a Reply

  1. chico65 3 years ago

    All’s Wells that ends well, and Petco will help him

  2. Wainwrights_Curveball 3 years ago

    Reyes could be a huge.  Petco is probably the best place for Reyes to give his career another chance. I’m pulling for the guy…his stuff is just absolutely filthy.

  3. Huff's dog 3 years ago

    Wow, two names I’ve long forgotten about. I feel like The Padres have a chance to make Kip Wells a good relief pitcher. I’ve never thought Anthony Reyes was any good though. The Padres seem to keep on turning crappy pitchers into relief studs. We’ll see if it happens again.

  4. Matt Case 3 years ago

    Maybe the Padres felt bad about the Khalil Greene deal?

    • stl_cards16 3 years ago

      I don’t think the Khalil Greene deal even begins to make up for the Jim Edmonds deal.

  5. VivaJackMurphy 3 years ago

    If Jeff Suppan can throw 5 shutout innings in a spot start at PETCO, anybody can. 

  6. Wainwrights_Curveball 3 years ago

    Have you ever seen Reyes pitch? I have…many times. The guy has very good stuff. He just had awful control and didn’t have the right attitude when he was playing. Guy wouldn’t work with Dave Duncan and was pretty much in TLRs doghouse for the majority of his Cardinal career. Maybe you should go dig up some video and watch some of Reyes’ starts. You’ll see what I mean…good stuff, awful control.

  7. jrav 3 years ago

     In fact, you can go back and watch Game 1 of the 2004 world series and see Reyes as a rookie completely shut down a very good detroit tiger offense

  8. johnydrum2 3 years ago

    He was definitely filthy when he was on. The guy almost no-hit the defending champion White Sox that same year (complete game one-hitter). He was the top rated pitching prospect in the organization at the time. When he was on, his pitches had a lot of movement and good velocity. He hit 98 out of the pen. I really feel like he could have been great. Things just didn’t fall into place for him. He would definitely be worth taking a flyer on for San Diego.

  9. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

     Reyes had problems with the St. Louis coaching staff because they wanted him to be a sinker baller.  Problem was though, he didn’t throw a sinker.  He never could, he never did.  St. Louis was stupid with him.  He didn’t fit their pitching paradigm and they should have moved him out, oh, around 2005.  That’s when the trouble with the sinker that wouldn’t sink began with him. 

  10. Wainwrights_Curveball 3 years ago

    *2006 WS

  11. jrav 3 years ago

     Yep, my bad, lol

  12. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

    Balsley and Black have a good record of helping pitchers that failed elsewhere have success.  Sure the park helps, but they are very good at what they do.  To the signings I say why not?  Minor league contracts are chump change to a big league team anyway.  Maybe Wells or Reyes puts up a season like Vogelsang did last year.

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