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The Blue Jays sent $5 million to the Angels in the Vernon Wells deal

Jan 25, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

Tony Reagins

OK. Calm down, everybody. This all makes sense now.

According to Jon Heyman of, the Blue Jays did indeed send cash to the Angels to help cover some of Vernon Wells’ massive contract. The whopping sum of $5 million, in fact.

Heyman writes that the “teams apparently just didn’t want to disclose” that money was in the deal. I guess Tony Reagins didn’t want everybody to think he was robbing Alex Anthopoulos blind. That’s just first class.

And so, this little revelation pretty much changes everything. As long as you can forget that Wells is still owed $81 million over the next four seasons, that is.

  1. baseballisboring - Jan 25, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Phew, I was scared for a minute.

    But really…even as a Sawx fan, it’s awesome to see the Jays get out from under this monstrous contract. They’re really starting to put something exciting together.

  2. machomaniac - Jan 25, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Yeah they’re gunn a be a force in the coming years. Even in the AL east

  3. proudlycanadian - Jan 26, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    The Jays got some money back when they traded Napoli to the Rangers.

  4. Brian Murphy - Jan 26, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Even though it would make no sense here, I thought you had mistakenly posted a picture of Marvin Lewis at first glance.

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