DENVER -- The Rockies hope their touch with helping pitchers regain past performance or reach new heights continues with right-hander Kip Wells and left-hander Mark Redman, whose agreements on one-year deals became official on Tuesday.
The Rockies had a head start with Redman, who made three starts and five regular-season appearances during the stretch run to the playoffs (2-0, 3.20 ERA) -- this after being released by the Braves and pitching in four Minor League organizations. Wells, 30, is the latest to seek success in Colorado, the way pitchers such as Darren Oliver and Shawn Estes have after joining in recent years.
Wells is reportedly receiving a contract with $3.1 million in guaranteed salary. Redman's contract has been reported at $1 million, non-guaranteed.
They'll compete with left-handed top prospect Franklin Morales, who was strong for the Rockies in the final month of the '07 season after starting the season in Double-A and Triple-A, but has never started a season higher than Double-A. The Rockies are considering having the pitchers that don't make the rotation pitch out of the bullpen.
Wells hasn't been dominant (64-91, 4.63 ERA career with four clubs). His best season was 10-9 with a 3.38 ERA for the Pirates in 2003.
But Wells was the White Sox's first-round Draft pick -- 16th overall -- in 1998 and is considered a talent.
Last season, Wells went 7-17 with a 5.70 ERA in 33 games, including 26 starts, with the Cardinals. His 3.43 runs of support per nine innings was lowest among Major Leaguers with 20 or more starts last season.
Redman, who was a top pick of the Twins in 1995 and represented the Royals at the 2006 All-Star Game, had pitched for four organizations last season after being released early by the Braves.
Redman not only was big for the Rockies when they needed him most, but his best year was with another championship-caliber team, the 2003 Marlins, when he established career bests with 14 wins, a 3.59 ERA and 151 strikeouts.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.