The Boston Red Sox are actively shopping veteran pitcher David Wells to determine what they could get if they decide to trade the lefty in the next 48 hours.
Wells, 43, cleared waivers on Aug. 3, at a time when he was just starting to come back from a serious knee problem; on July 31, he allowed 8 runs in 4 2/3 innings. Because he cleared waivers, he can be traded to any team without restriction, and Wells has pitched much better of late. He has 2.65 ERA in the month of August, walking 5 and striking out 20 in 34 innings.
The notion that the Red Sox might consider trading Wells would've seem ludicrous two weeks ago, but Boston is in freefall and has dropped 6 games behind the Twins in the wild-card race, and 7 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Wells has talked about retiring at the end of this season, so if the Red Sox keep Wells through the month of September and don't make the playoffs, they would effectively lose him for nothing.
And he has high value right now, at a time when the likes of Shawn Chacon and Ramon Ortiz are the only pitchers who typically get through waivers. Wells' exceptional postseason history has to intrigue teams: In 16 postseason series, he has a 10-4 record, with a 3.15 ERA. In order to be eligible for post-season play with another team, Wells would have to be traded by Aug. 31.
The Red Sox may decide to keep Wells, in the end. But their recent conversations with other teams have been aimed at laying the groundwork for a possible deal if they decide to move the left-hander.
Among the contending teams that make sense as possible suitors for Wells would include the Mets, the Twins, the Diamondbacks, the Padres, the Dodgers, the Phillies, the Cardinals, Oakland and the Cincinnati Reds.