Former Cubs Pitcher Randy Wells Retires

Starting pitcher Randy Wells of the Chicago Cubs adjusts his hat during the third inning against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on June 26, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Starting pitcher Randy Wells of the Chicago Cubs adjusts his hat during the third inning against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on June 26, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (AP) – Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Randy Wells has retired after going winless in five starts this season for the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A team.

The Rangers said Tuesday that Wells’ retirement was effectively immediately.

In 98 career games in the majors from 2008-12, all but one with the Cubs, Wells was 28-32 with a 4.08 ERA. He was 1-2 in 12 games last season for Chicago, but became a free agent after refusing a minor league assignment.

The 30-year-old Wells went to spring training with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee. The right-hander was 0-4 with a 6.08 ERA for Round Rock.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says Wells indicated he “just didn’t have the same level of desire” to pitch any more.

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