BOSTON -- The agent for David Wells wants to assure Red Sox fans that his client has no intention of holding out for a trade.
Speaking Tuesday morning on the club's flagship radio station WEEI, Gregg Clifton said Wells would like to finish his career on the West Coast but won't hold out if a deal isn't done before Spring Training starts.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday that Padres general manager Kevin Towers was told by Red Sox GM Theo Epstein that the Sox would speak to Wells in Fort Myers, Fla., before pulling the trigger on any trade and that he expected the left-hander to be in camp.
"I know David would still like to finish his career on the West Coast, but he has no plans to hold out," Clifton told the station. "He plans to be in Florida with the team during Spring Training."
Wells, who turns 43 on May 20, recorded 15 wins last season, his first in Boston after signing a two-year, incentive-laden contract before the 2005 campaign.
"We are still in close contact with the Red Sox and they have told us they will do whatever they can to help meet David's demands," Clifton said of Wells' desire to be dealt closer to his home in the San Diego area. "This is all about where David wants to finish his career and not about anything [negative] in Boston."
Mike Petraglia is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.