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Wells a Sleeper For Fifth Spot

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Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, left, talks to starter Randy Wells during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves.

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Randy Wells soared into the major leagues and finished sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year in 2009 with the Chicago Cubs. In fact, from 2009-2011, Wells put together a pretty solid first few years of his career before running into arm trouble in 2011 and missing most of 2012.

Now, he's trying to make the Texas Rangers' roster out of spring training and could be a dark-horse candidate for that vacant fifth spot in the starting rotation as his patented sinker could play very well into the hands of the homer-happy Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

See Matt Harrison's success as a groundball pitcher and his propensity to get groundball outs, using fewer pitches and getting some double plays every now and again.

In his spring debut on Saturday, Wells showed what he could do in Rangers Ballpark as an effective groundball pitcher when he induced three groundball outs in his two innings of work, including a double play.

The chances of the 30-year-old making the club as a starter are probably pretty slim with youngsters like Martin Perez and Justin Grimm fighting for the spot, but he could be a huge piece of the Rangers' bullpen and later figure into the rotation if there's an injury or a spot start needed from time to time.

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