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Boomer lands with the Bosox
By Bob Elliott and AP

Boston's Animal House has found its Bluto. The Boston Red Sox reached agreement with volatile left-hander David Wells yesterday to bolster the rotation and join the frat house full of "idiots" who rebelled against baseball tradition and won the team's first World Series title since 1918.

The Red Sox won't confirm the deal until Wells, 41, passes a physical. But a source requesting anonymity said Wells will get $8 million US guaranteed over two years with incentives that could bring it up to $18 million.

Wells was 12-8 with a 3.73 earned-run average last season.

cash consideration

The Blue Jays met with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays yesterday. The Devil Rays are inquiring about obtaining catcher Kevin Cash from the Jays.

INTEREST IN ESTES

The Blue Jays have interest in free-agent lefty Shawn Estes, who earned $600,000 US, was 15-8 with a 5.84 earned run average in 34 starts for the Colorado Rockies in 2004.

Also, the Jays spoke to agent Greg Landry about free-agent pitcher Scott Downs. Downs was 3-6 with a 5.14 ERA in 12 starts with the Montreal Expos last season.

NO INTEREST

Jays vice-president Bobby Mattick and scouting director Jon Lalonde went to see free-agent right-hander Denny Tomori pitch at Cal-State Fullerton yesterday.

The Jays aren't interested.

"Any time you have 87-year-old Bobby Mattick asking for a bat, that's a good time to pass," J.P. Ricciardi said.

TRADES

The Atlanta Braves came to the winter meeting determined to get a No. 1 starter. They got one thanks to a four-player deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Braves acquired closer Dan Kolb, who had 39 saves for the Brewers. Milwaukee gets the Braves' top prospect in Jose Capellan. John Smoltz will come out of the bullpen to join the Braves' starting rotation ... Free-agent Arthur Rhodes, the ill-fated sign by the Oakland A's, dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates recently for Jason Kendal, was on the move again. The Pirates sent Rhodes to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Matt Lawton yesterday.