Since joining the New York Yankees this spring, outfielder Vernon Wells' career has been rejuvenated. Even so, Wells told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he's planning on sticking to his former announcement that he'll retire from baseball after his current contract expires following the 2014 season.
Whenever the worst contracts in baseball were discussed, Wells name was at or near the top of the list. He inked a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays which quickly developed into an albatross.
Still, Wells was traded twice despite his underwhelming production and hefty price tag, once to the Los Angeles Angels and then to the Yankees this spring. After hitting .222/.258/.409 over the past two seasons with the Halos, Wells is off to a hot start in New York. The 34-year-old has posted a batting line of .301/.357/.538 with four doubles and 10 home runs over 157 plate appearances so far this season.
But Wells priorities are now landing on his two young sons:
“My boys will be 12 and 9. They’ve sacrificed a lot in this
life. It’ll be time for me to sacrifice for them. They’re going to start
growing into little men, and they’ll need their dad around. I plan on going as
hard as I can this year and next year and finish my career the way I want to.”
Wells is left hoping the can be part of a postseason team for the first time in his career. He will have two shots at accomplishing the feat with the Yankees before calling it quits.
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