ARLINGTON -- The White Sox literally went back to the future prior to Friday's season opener in Texas by agreeing to a Minor League deal with right-hander Kip Wells.
Yes, it's the same Wells who was the team's 16th pick overall in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft and the same right-handed hurler who posted a 20-21 record and 5.14 ERA over three years with the White Sox. Wells has not pitched since 2009 with the Reds but impressed White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper with a bullpen session this week in Houston.
According to Buddy Bell, who is the White Sox vice president, player development and special assignments, Wells will be stretched out at extended Spring Training to be used as a starter.
"Coop worked him out in Houston and he said he was throwing better than most of the guys we had," said Bell of Wells, who has had no Spring Training. "So we'll see."