Fourteen years since they selected him in the first-year player draft and three years since he's pitched in the big leagues, the Chicago White Sox signed a Kip Wells to a minor-league deal Friday.
The deal for Wells, who was Chicago's 16th overall pick in 1998, was announced shortly before the season-opener against the Texas rangers.
Wells last pitched in the majors for the Cincinnati Reds in 2009, going 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA in 10 games, seven of which were starts.
The 34-year-old righty looked good after a bullpen session monitored by pitching coach Don Cooper this week, the White Sox said.
Wells, who had a career record of 67-99 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 seasons, including his first three with the White Sox, will be looked out as a starter, team vice president Buddy Bell told reporters.