Re: The Official 'Who Do We Protect from the Rule Five Draft?' Thread
If there were always guys like Wells out there, you'd think we'd have had a better succession of starters in Cinti. over the past many years, particularly in the Number 5 spot. He is, IMO, easily the best in-house option available--even if he does no better than his lifetime averages--for the 5th starter spot. It's worth remembering that he was once--2002, 03--a whole lot better than a league average pitcher, something it's hard to imagine Owings or Maloney will ever be. I wish I remembered Wells' injury history better; it may be that he is putting things back together. If we can run him through the minor league contract bit, I'd be all for that. But I doubt we'll have that option. He's pitched himself onto somebody's major league roster for 2010.