Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Phillies Interested In Vernon Wells?

          MLBTradeRumors.com, has posted some potential fits for the Philadelphia Phillies corner outfield spot, one of the names mentioned was Angels outfielder Vernon Wells. This isn't the first time that the Phillies have been linked to Wells, now 34, as they were one of a few teams who showed interest in Wells during the Winter Meeting in December, however none of the talks got "serious" and Wells, along with his big paycheck, remains on the Angels. Wells broke into the league in 1999 with the Toronto Blue Jays and posted very good numbers over his twelve years with the club, highlighted by three 100 rbi seasons and four Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for his impressive work in center field. The Blue Jays then offered wells a monstrous contract extention worth over $120 million in 2008, which was then taken over by the Angels after acquiring him from the Jays two offseasons ago. Since then Wells has put up less than respectable number batting a career low .218 with 25 home-runs and 66 runs batted in during his first season with the Halos in 2011. 2012 was no different for Wells, after a slow start to 2012 Wells found himself on the bench behind rookie sensation Mike Trout, who got called up in April. He remained on the bench for most of the season making occasional spot starts and coming off the bench as a pinch hitter. In the end Wells played just 77 games, his fewest since 2001, and batted .230 with just 11 home-runs.

          I personally don't care if the Angels trade Wells or not. Now what I do care about is what the Angels could dump. I've heard people saying that the Angels would only get $2 million off the giant contract, which in my opinion isn't worth trading. I've also heard some people saying the Angels should just eat his entire contract and dump Wells into free agency if they can't find a spot for him via trade. I entirely disagree with this reasoning. Right now the Angels don't have major options off the bench. Wells would most likely go up against rookie outfielder Kole Calhoun, who got some time in September of 2012, and Scott Cousins, who was acquired off of waivers from Miami this offseason. In my opinion Wells is as good of an option as either of those guys and if you can't find somebody that can take more than $4 million off the books, then I personally would rather see him stick with the team and try to become a valuable piece off the bench for the hopeful Angels. Now if they were to get more than $4 million off and a minor leaguer thrown in for some system depth, I see nothing wrong with trading Wells, just don't literally give him up for nothing. But for now Wells' future future with the Angels is as big of a question mark as ever, and only time will tell where Vernon Wells will be next.

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