A native of San Diego and a 1982 graduate of Point Loma High School, Wells also pitched for the Padres during the 2004 season. He made 31 starts for San Diego, finishing 12-8 with a 3.73 ERA (81 ER/195.2 IP). Wells fanned 101 batters compared to 20 walks in his lone full-season in the National League. He led the National League that season with an average of just 0.92 walks allowed per 9.0 innings, not issuing a free pass in 18 of his 31 starts and walking two or fewer batters in 30 of 31 starts.
Over parts of 20 Major League seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (1987-92, 1999-2000), Detroit Tigers (1993-95), Cincinnati Reds (1995), Baltimore Orioles (1996), New York Yankees (1997-98, 2002-03), Chicago White Sox (2001), Padres (2004) and Red Sox (2005-06), Wells has a career record of 229-146 with 13 saves and a 4.07 ERA (1472 ER/3253.1 IP) in 626 career games (455 starts). The three-time All-Star ranks sixth among active pitchers in wins, third among left-handers.
Wells has pitched in the postseason 10 times in his career for five different clubs (Boston, Toronto, Cincinnati, New York and Baltimore). He has a career postseason record of 10-4 with a 3.15 ERA (42 ER/120.0 IP) in 26 playoff and World Series outings (16 starts) and earned 1998 ALCS Most Valuable Player honors while with the Yankees.