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Waiver deal for Wells?

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  August 22, 2006 10:34 AM

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On the heels of the Yankees’ demoralizing five-game sweep at Fenway Park, might the Red Sox be willing to wave the white flag on the season and trade David Wells?

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Red Sox lefty, who took the loss yesterday despite giving up two runs over 6 1/3 innings, cleared waivers on Aug. 3, meaning the Red Sox can trade him to any team willing to make a deal.

The Yankees did not put a claim in on their former starter, which could come back to haunt them if the Red Sox trade him to a contender such as the Twins, White Sox, or A’s. Wells was the most effective starter for Boston during its lost weekend against New York.

Wells is just 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA this season in six starts, but has pitched better in his last two outings. Prior to this month, he had been on the disabled list since May with a sprained knee.

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