The Ten Best Contracts of the 2016 Offseason: Player Perspective

Credit: David Banks / Getty Images North America Each year, it seems baseball contracts get bigger and bigger. With more revenue coming from regional sports networks, player salaries continue to rise each year. Some of that money turns out to be well spent from an owner’s perspective. On the flip side, some of these deals end up dragging a team down for years to come. Not all...
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Fare Thee Well, Erick Aybar

For the past 10 seasons, The Angels roster has seen quite a bit of turnover. From the subtraction by addition move that brought Vernon Wells to Southern California, to the slick maneuvering that brought Mark Teixeira to the team in 2008 to the unfortunate byproduct of bad decisions that led to Nick Adenhart becoming an angelic memory, the Angels and their fans have seen players come...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

For the second time in 2015, John Sterling watches his house burn down (and other observations at the end of the Yankee world)

Last night, in the 2nd inning, John Sterling began postulating the Wild Card race. The Master was trying to assure his flock that all is well, that the Evils have built a five-game firewall, which cannot crumble in three weeks. Thus, we can anticipate that exciting one-game season! - quite possibly at home, in the House That Rudy Built, where we consistently crap the bedJohn was...
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Sources: The Legacy Agency adds Vernon Wells as recruiter

Former MLB outfielder Vernon Wells is staying in baseball, as he will be working as a recruiter at The Legacy Agency, according to multiple league sources. Wells, 36, was represented by The Legacy Agency as a player. In his 15-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees, Wells hit .270 with 270 home runs and 958 RBI. Wells hasn’t played in MLB...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Without A-Rod in the Yankee lineup, should anyone expect more than three hits?

Some basic rules of life.1. When showering with Satan, don't bend over to pick up the soap.2. When gazing up to heaven, you're most susceptible to getting your throat slashed.3. When your No. 3 hitter is Brian McCann - batting .260, with the lightning speed of Ethel Merman needing to pee - don't expect to score runs.OK, nothing personal against McCann.. but No. 3? Yikes. (Vernon...

Swing and a miss: Worst number one picks of last 20 years

You may not be aware of this, but the MLB Draft is widely considered to be a crapshoot. I know, that’s shocking to hear. You’d think drafting amateur players and predicting which ones would become superstars would be fool proof, but it’s not. Sometimes, draft picks just don’t work out. And while it’s easy for a rational person to understand that most of your favorite...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Teixeira: 1st in RBIs, 2nd in HRs, 5th in slugging pct, 8th in OPS (whatever that is)

He's also 12th in WAR - Wins Above Replacement.(Some of you fogies might be confused by the exciting new Sabermetrics analyses, which make the game much simpler to understand. Come on, Uncle Fester, climb aboard the data train! To calculate Wins Above Replacement, merely take the number of wins and put it above the corresponding number for replacements. The resulting number is Wins...

****-a-doodle Drew: Dare we start hoping?

When the Yankees signed Stephen Drew, I threw up.I hated, hated, HATED the deal. A typical Cashman move: Another old guy with a ceiling made of concrete, who'll start hot and then end up hitting .210 around the all-star break, when we finally accept the reality of his abilities... and then discard him.Vernon Wells. Travis Hafner. Andruw Jones. Alfonso Soriano. Brian Roberts. The...
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Dear Hal, here's a quick (and FREE!) template for saving the Yankees

Dear Mr. Steinbrenner,I sense that you're feeling picked-on.In this angry era of cyber-bullying and Twitter necktie parties, the last thing an old sport such as yourself should fear is the ding of an incoming phone text. But the fact is, some fans are grousing that you don't spend enough on the New York Yankees, (a team you own), and that we are now entering Year 3 of an epoch of...
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

So long, Preston Claiborne: Go forth and grow your beard

In May of 2013, the plucky, irrepressible Yankees were the surprise team of the AL East, and yet - amazingly - some naysayers remained. The pitching staff was reeling from injuries. We were beyond Cesar Cabral and entering Vidal Nuno. If not for the power hitting duo of Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner, all would be lost. That's when the Yankee brain trust turned to a name that, frankly...
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Does Matt Kemp = Vernon Wells?

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As we celebrate our 10th anniversary at we've focused our attention on our writers, mods, contributors & website members. Today we put the spotlight on Dochalo, one of our longest tenured members, writer and a great contributor to forum discussions. Doc is as witty as they come and a fan favorite among all members at As our resident doctor, Jason...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets and Ricciardi Could Have Extension Completed Within A Week

Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that the Mets and J.P. Ricciardi could have a new extension wrapped up within a week. The Mets, who extended Sandy Alderson in September, could wrap up a new deal for assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi within week, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. Ricciardi, a respected baseball man who oversees the pro scouting department...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Victor Rojas and Vernon Wells got into a Twitter beef

While the rest of the world was busy watching the insanity that is the Royals-Athletics Wild Card game, Angels announcer Victor Rojas and former Angels albatross Vernon Wells got into a Twitter beef. It all started with a throwaway comment about Jayson Nix: Kind of explains Nix’ 2014 transactions… — Victor Rojas (@VictorRojas29) October 1, 2014 And then Vernon Wells apparently...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Thank you, Chris "Forever" Young. You spared us from a night of ignominy that, even in this cold year of mediocrity, would have forever stung

In recent years, a handful of players came to New York to be magically reborn. It's a short list: David Wells... Paul O'Neill... Nick Swisher... Scott Brosius... Bartolo Colon... Russel Martin...Some needed lineups with more support (O'Neill, Brosius). Some needed the giant stage of Gotham. (Swisher, Wells). Some needed juice. (Bartolo).Often, donning the pinstripes brings a month...
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Red Sox vs. Easy Street

Welcome to the Easy Street section of the Angels schedule. As I mentioned yesterday, they basically play the A’s and then nobody else who is any good from now through September 14th. Time for the Angels to get hot again. If not, they best start thinking about how to make sure to win the Wild Card coin flip game. LAST TIME ON ANGELS VS. RED SOX… All-time, the Angels suck against...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

It's time to ponder the benefits of a full-scale collapse

On yesterday's River Ave cluster-grope, Mike Axisa opined that, between now and the July 31 trade deadline, the Evil Emp would be best served with a long, long streak - of either wins or loses. Thus, management can discern whether the 2014 Yankees should be buyers or sellers.Quickly, the expert panel of veteran baseball scouts screamed down any notion of the Yankees as sellers. The...

The Yankees are a Sori team full of Sori excuses

He came up last night with runners on base in a game we still could win. The YES-Mo court jesters said that he was 4 for his last 23, but ready to bust out with a big game. King Felix never threw a strike. He took three swings and strode to the dugout, Grandyman-like, while I screamed at the TV: "GOOD! THANK YOU! GOOD!"Yes, folks... I was glad. I wanted him to strike out. It's that...

Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 9

RANKPLAYERCHANGECOMMENTS 1-- 0 Last Week: 1Mike Trout - Hey everyone! Guess who's back to being superhuman again? Who said "Vernon Wells?" Someone's always gotta be a jerk. 2-- 0 Last Week: 2Albert Pujols - He's still not quite there with the batting average, but there is plenty of power. I'll allow it. 3+2 Last Week: 5Jered Weaver - Alright! Weaver is back to pitching...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

A low, guttural growl - like an angry rumble from beneath the earth - heralds a dark, dark night in the Bronx

I'd never heard anything like it. I called my wife to come and listen. There was Robbie Cano, standing in the box with two strikes, and it sounded like the sea was boiling. They never stopped. They just kept booing. They didn't do it to Giambi, after the steroids scandal. They didn't do it to David Wells, when he came back in Boston pantaloons. They summoned every teardrop of bile...
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Who's on first? For now, Kelly Killzit. And when he gets hurt...?

In the last two seasons, Yankee fans have seen some memorable lineups trotted out to big horse yardy. Remember the famed "Murderers Row 2013?" (Pictured right.) Moreover, we have seen ancient outfielders play positions worthy of a sandlot game. Last year, Vernon Wells played third. Sunday, Carlos Beltran played first, for the first time ever. He was replacing Francisco Cervelli,...
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The scrap heap season has begun. Will the Yankees be dumpster diving again?

Yesterday, rustling around the Internews, I found a bunch of Yankee sites proposing that we should sign newly released players from the Dodgers, and the Diamondbacks, and the Royals and - oh, who cares, the Knicks, Malaysian Airlines, al Qaeda, it doesn't matter! Somebody waived them, and we should grab them.This seventh-grade enthusiasm hearkens back to the checkbook days of Old...
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tinkers, Evers and No Chance: The top three Yankee hitters this spring represent the Legion of the Lost

Of course these "games" don't matter. They are TV illusions, like Duck Dynasty or the political "debates." Think of this as Survivor: Tampa, except instead of eating salamanders, the contestants must avoid the trans-fats of the clubhouse bang bang shrimp buffet. So all spring stats, however conveniently they are presented to us, carry the weight of Absolute Zero. Nada. Nothing.Still...
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Waiting for the Yankees to visit the flea market

Ahhhh, Florida... The Beaches! The leaf blowers! The Stand Your Ground shootings! And most of all... yes, snowbirds...  the flea markets! Oh, yes. Wouldn't you like some knock-off Tervis Tumblers? Or glass-etching decals of Jesus? Beyond your first trip to the Hooters, no image will explode into the area behind your sinus like that entrance to the flea market. Last week,...
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes Gets Boston Strong-Themed World Series Painting (Photo)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jonny Gomes had a pretty cool souvenir sitting outside his locker in the Boston Red Sox’s clubhouse at JetBlue Park on Friday. Gomes, an instrumental character in Boston’s 2013 World Series run, received an impressive painting from Vernon Wells Jr., father of major league outfielder Vernon Wells. The older Wells is a well-known sports artist who visits clubhouses...
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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