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Oh how the Los Angeles Angels would love to be out from under the mistake they made with Vernon Wells. The Angels acquired Wells in a trade in January of 2011. Now, they wish they hadn't. He is making far too much money for his level of productivity and he has been injured to boot. However, the Angels may be able to part way with the veteran outfielder if the Philadelphia Phillies are serious with their interest.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Phillies, who have already been linked to Cody Ross, are also interested in Wells.
cody ross, vernon wells on #phillies radar. cbsprt.co/RCC2dn
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 18, 2012
Wells suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb in May of this year. He was placed on the DL and missed a large chunk of time. He ultimately only played 77 games for the Angels this past season. However, his struggles began before the injury. The injury simply compounded the issue.
In 2011, Wells played in 131 games and hit just .218/.248/.412. He did so while making over $26 million. In 2012, he hit .230/.279/.403 and made $21 million. That's a lot of money down the drain. At this point, the Angels are likely willing to eat some of Wells' remaining contract in order to deal him. the Phillies would not be willing to take on the full value of his remaining contract, which is $42 million over the next two seasons.
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Vernon Wells in 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Now why would the Yankees want Wells?
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Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. Status Update: Scott Kazmir’s Status, Updated
2. Video: Scott Kazmir Striking Out All the Yankees in 2008
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican League
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