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Point/Counterpoint: Should the Cincinnati Reds Have Signed Kip Wells?

MIAMI - JULY 18: Starting pitcher Kip Wells #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after getting the third out of the first inning against the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium on July 18, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Matt DavidCorrespondent IIFebruary 12, 2010

Point: Yes, at worst, he'll provide needed depth at AAA.  He won't hold anyone back.

Counterpoint: Wells wasn't very good last year...or any year since 2003.

Point: Yeah, but he wasn't horrible and had two very good starts in September.

Counterpoint: If you get to the point of depending on him, you're not good.

Point: Wells is another year removed from surgery and may be ready to return to his 2002/2003 form.

Counterpoint: This sounds like good news for AAA hitters.  He won't be on the big league club anyway.

Point: He performed like a real pro for the Reds last year.

Counterpoint: Since 2003, he hasn't been very good.  His last full season (way back in 2007), he put up a not so sterling ERA of 5.70.

Point: He could hold down the fifth spot in the rotation until younger players are ready.

Counterpoint: If Wells puts up over 100+ innings of 5+ ERA baseball, the Reds have no chance.

Point: They can give him a spot in the rotation with a short leash.

Counterpoint: Very short, I hope.

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