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SAN DIEGO -- Left-hander David Wells spurned the New York Yankees and signed a one-year contract with his hometown San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
Wells, a 40-year-old starter coming off arthroscopic back surgery, is expected to lead the Padres' rotation in the club's first year in its new $458 million downtown ballpark.
"He's a big-game pitcher, and the perfect guy to head our staff," general manager Kevin Towers said. "We think our staff is pretty strong right now."
Wells will make $1.25 million in base pay, with incentives that could make the deal worth $7 million if he is healthy and pitches all season."