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Angels sign veteran righty Wells to Minors deal

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The struggling Angels bolstered their pitching depth this weekend by signing 35-year-old Kip Wells to a Minor League contract, according to multiple reports.

Wells' agent, Burton Rocks, said that "Kip is in full baseball mode" after the offseason open-heart surgery of his son, Deacon, according to an ESPN report that also noted Wells held a private workout for the Angels on Friday.

The Angels have matched the worst start in franchise history with a 2-8 mark to begin the year. They've lost five in a row after a 5-0 loss to the Astros on Friday night.

The right-handed Wells last appeared in the big leagues with the Padres last season, going 2-4 with a 4.58 ERA in seven appearances, all starts. Prior to that, he had not pitched in the Majors since 2009 with the Reds.

Wells has gone 69-103 in his career, with 219 of his 296 appearances being starts. He won double-digit games from 2001-03 with the White Sox and Pirates.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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