As suspected, the Padres will designate 44 year-old starter David Wells for assignment tomorrow. According to Ken Rosenthal, they’ll then have three days to trade him.
It’s possible Boomer will just retire. But back in July Wells was talking about playing in 2008. He has an appealing contract situation that pays him $170K per additional start this year. If you assume he wants to stay on the West Coast, the options are probably limited to the Angels, Mariners, Dodgers, Rockies, and Diamondbacks. The D’Backs had interest last December. And U.S.S. Mariner thinks he’s better than Horacio Ramirez. The Rockies might have a need; it was recently revealed that Jason Hirsh fractured his fibula last night (though he continued to pitch afterwards).
Maybe Wells wouldn’t limit himself though; it was said in January that Wells wouldn’t mind playing in Toronto again. Or how about a return to Detroit?
One more point to consider, courtesy of Padres blog Gaslamp Ball: Wells still has to serve a seven-game suspension this year.