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Mike Scioscia benches slumping Vernon Wells

Apr 12, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia has benched the struggling Vernon Wells for tonight’s game against the Indians, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Wells, who was acquired from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January, is batting just .091 (4-for-44) over his first 10 games this season and currently is mired in a 1-for-26 slump.

“It’s a mental day off,” Scioscia said of Wells. “Every hitter has rough spots. A lot of guys have some four-for-40s in their history, but when you’re with a new team, there’s a lot of attention on it. The reality is he’s trying to find his timing, and it’s creating some mis-hits. But he’ll find it. I have no doubt about it.”

Sure, Wells isn’t going to hit .091 forever, but that’s not really the point here. The 32-year-old outfielder has been wildly inconsistent for a few years now and has little chance of being worth the $81 million that the Angels will shell out over the next four seasons. A hot start could have helped his cause, but much like in Toronto, Wells is going to be a constant target of fan scrutiny.

  1. joshfrancis50 - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    When you’ve sucked for almost three years, can you really call it a slump?

    • thefalcon123 - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      He’s obviously not worth anywhere close to the money, but I wouldn’t consider the 4 WAR 31 HR, 127 OPS+ season “sucking”

  2. cur68 - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Looks like Craig might know what he’s talking about. So far Carlos Beltran is totally out playing Wells. The hat may well remain uneaten. Still, I think he should play it safe and invest in a jerky hat; long season.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    why did the angels want this guy, amazing

    • JBerardi - Apr 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      You know that line about living in quiet desperation? The Vernon Wells trade was a great example of loud desperation.

  4. purdueman - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    I heard that Toronto’s GM wound up in the hospital from splitting his sides after almost dying laughing when he found a sucker to take Wells and his ENTIRE contract off his hands AND then got Napoli and Rivera to boot in return! LOL!!!!

    As WC Fields liked to say: “There’s a sucker born every minute!”.

  5. sfbookreviews - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    I like Vernon Wells, but that contract was an albatross the moment he signed it. Toronto won the lottery when they found someone willing to take it off their hands and get a legitmate major leaguer (don’t know much about Rivera so I won’t comment on him) in return. Wells will recover but he has never and will never be worth what he’s making.

    • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Kinda like the average American CEO, huh? Tell you what: if he finishes below the Mendoza line, I think the Angels should give him another signing bonus.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Maybe he needs to head back to Toronto for a weekend and “Work Out” with Jose Bautista again.

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