Randy Wells hopes that maybe, just maybe, this will be the year that everything falls into place.
Injury and inconsistency have plagued the 30-year-old right-hander during his career, which up until 2013 primarily had been with the Chicago Cubs.
Now with the Texas Rangers, he is making a bid for the No. 5 spot in their rotation.
On Thursday, he had the team's longest outing of the spring, giving up a run on three hits in five innings of a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Wells struck out four, walked four, hit a batter and gave up a solo home run to Josh Reddick in the fifth inning.
Wells also escaped a pair of jams, leaving the bases loaded in the second and fourth inning - retiring Scott Sizemore for the final out on both occasions.
Wells' best season came in 2009, when he was 12-10 for the Cubs. He is 28-32 in 86 career starts. In 2012, he was 1-2 in 11 appearances (four starts) in 2012, and had nine starts for Triple-A Iowa.
In July, his season came to a close when...