Wells only part of Padres' upgrade
Wells, a San Diego native, is looking forward to returning home for a final fling at 40, but that was only part of the attraction. If he had re-signed with the Yankees, it would have been as back-of-the-rotation insurance for Jose Contreras or a surgically-repaired Jon Lieber. In San Diego, Wells will either start the season opener in Los Angeles or christen Petco Park on April 8 against the Giants.
Wells generated countless headlines in New York by acting like a spoiled child and wearing out his teammates. But the Padres weren't scared off by his capacity for self-absorption, or his flair for controversy. The more Wells hogs the attention, the easier it will be for Adam Eaton, Jake Peavy and Brian Lawrence to progress at a comfortable pace.
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