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Yankees considering trade for Angels’ Vernon Wells?

Dec 15, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal provides the scoop:

The Yankees, sources say, are among the possibilities for [Vernon] Wells — the teams discussed him at the winter meetings, and Wells could fill the Yankees’ need for a right-handed hitting outfielder.

Wells has batted just .222 with a .667 OPS over the past two seasons and is owed salaries of $21 million in 2013 and 2014, but the Angels are surely willing to eat most of that remaining money. And Wells would probably be open to waiving his no-trade clause for a fresh start, and a chance at regular playing time.

Rosenthal says the Yankees are also “looking at” free agent Scott Hairston to fill their outfield vacancy but might not be willing to meet his desire for a two-year contract. The times, they certainly are a-changing.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    I posted a spoof trade rumor of Wells for Arod in another thread and lo and behold I was semi scooped by Rosenthal. I want a recount.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      Can you start another that Cutch and Wilson come to the D?

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:12 PM

        Naw! Somebody might believe it.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        Yeah, and I’m hoping it’s Santa.

  2. frank433 - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Would the Yankees have his full $21 million count toward the luxury tax limit, or only the portion that they pay? I thought I read it was calculated by average annual salary for the contract.

    • ezthinking - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      Don’t think, it can only hurt the team.

      AAV rules the day on a contract term, but the amount paid by the specific team goes to them. i.e the Blue Jays 3 mil hit on Wells for the next couple of years offsets the Angels obligation, but both are offset by the AAV of the whole contract. In most cases, bigger money in the end v. AAV.

  3. Corethree - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I don’t believe the yankees have any interest in in vernon wells. These ”sources” you speak of……Who are the ”sources?

    • baseballisboring - Dec 16, 2012 at 1:35 AM

      Who knows, but Rosenthal is pretty credible. And obviously the Yankees don’t have interest in paying his actual salary, just a tiny fraction of it. I mean, for a million bucks, in a good hitter’s park with an entire outfield of left handed hitters? I guess you could do worse.

      • cackalackyank - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        Please define “could do worse” ?

  4. thebadguyswon - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    They could use a veteran presence.

    • cur68 - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      They could use having their heads examined. I can’t believe I’m going to commit this thought to e-ink but it looks to me like The Mets, by adding cheap young talent, are getting better faster and cheaper than the Yankees are IF they go with this move.

      Vernon Wells is a pretty nice guy. Does a lot of community work. Never in the media for being an ass. Liked by his teammates. Does ok with the interviews. But as far as baseball goes? Yeah, he’s had his day. The Yankees should target Kendreys Morales instead. He can at least HIT a baseball.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        It sounds here like you are a Yankee sympathizer.

      • jwbiii - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        Morales is a 1B/DH at this point. Do the Yankees really want a full time DH? It was my understanding that they were going to use the position to rotate their 30 something players through to give them a half day off.

      • cur68 - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Rotating with Wells, eh? Fine then. Go for it Directors of The Empire. Good luck with that.

      • jwbiii - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        They could use Morales as a full time DH until Rodriguez returns and then look to trade him. Morales will be a free agent next year, so I don’t think he’d have much trade value.

  5. 13arod - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    the yankeeys sgould get morals not wells

  6. cadillacjosh - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    We get Hamilton and loose Wells?! Man, that would be so cool.

  7. vallewho - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    I would rather see them give Nunez a try in the outfield than Wells.

  8. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Not gonna lie, Bernie Williams is probably still willing to sign a one-year deal.

  9. Kevin S. - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    If the Yankees are interested in Wells, why wouldn’t they go for Soriano at the $5 million/year the Cubs are willing to make him available for? At least Soriano has provided some value in recent years.

  10. mianfr - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say he’s wrong here.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      If you believe in prayer…go for “PRAYING he’s wrong here”.

  11. Carl Hancock - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Still can’t believe the Angels took him off the Blue Jays hands AND assumed his contract.

    • badintent - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM

      Right. P.T. Barnum said “there’s a sucker born every minute.”At that minute he was the Angel GM

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 16, 2012 at 7:35 AM

      Proof that pigs can fly.

  12. Old Gator - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Is today April 1 or something?

    • cur68 - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      I wish it was. There would be baseball. What’s more there would be baseball with the New Look Beaver Men. I can’t wait. Whyntcha jump ship and join me in rooting for a team with a chance? You’ll recognize many friendly faces and the barely otice the DH, too. C’mon, we’ll have some fun making up good Dicky/Beaver lines.

    • bigharold - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      April Fools no, .. perhaps Hal Steinbrenner really believes that Mayan end of the world stuff and wants to do something bat shit crazy before he returns to Cosmik Debris?

      We here on the bridge of the Death Star are not gigging this development!

  13. chacochicken - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    So, I wonder if Cashman was sitting around talking to some front office minions and said “who has the worst contract in all of baseball? Let’s trade for whoever that is.”

    • cackalackyank - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      Well..second worst, you know, after the A-roid deal.

  14. doctorfootball - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Who would have thought the Yanks would start scraping the bottom of the barrel?

  15. kappy32 - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    He’s going to fit in perfect. He’s on the wrong side of 35 & on the wrong side of .300. I don’t see how he’s an upgrade. However, once he’s sent to the Yankees, they will then own the two worst contracts in recent baseball memory. The A-Rod & Wells contracts make Ollie Perez’s infamous “3 for 36” look like a genius move.

  16. pisano - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    You’ve got to be kidding, thank God they got rid of Andruw(smilin strikeout) Jones, and now you want to replace him with another stiff in Vernon Wells? What the hell is wrong with Cashmen?

  17. jimatkins - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    As an Angel fan, I just hope Cashman keeps on sniffing glue or bus fumes or whatever it takes to unload Vernon. The guy was a lump on the bench from day one.

    • bobwsc - Dec 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      it has to go beyond sniffing glue. someone in close proximity to Cashman is laying some jedi mind tricks on him.

  18. roseann894 - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Fits perfectly with the Yankees’ M.O. of the past dozen years: any washed-up stiff who has ever in his career hit 20 homers in a season or won 15 games is worth a gamble of ten million or so.

    • ezthinking - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      Sort of like Strawberry, C. Fielder, Raines, Gooden, Boggs, C. Davis, Justice, and on and on and on. …..

    • tuberippin - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:39 AM

      Hideki Irabu and Shawn Chacon never won 15 games in any season, Jose Contreras never had won 15 games when they signed him, Kei Igawa didn’t win 15 games in the MLB…

  19. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 16, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    For the love of god please dont do this Yankees, not even kidding around. Has to be a joke

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 16, 2012 at 6:24 AM

      If there is a God, Harry, he would let Yankees should trade the remaining years of the Arod contract for the remaining 2 years of the Wells contract.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 16, 2012 at 7:25 AM

        Edit function: remove “should”.

        I am quite serious here. The Arod contract is an albatross that the Yankees should try to ditch.

    • cur68 - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Hi ‘harry. Having a good off-season? Hope so. Good to see you on a Yankee thread. Not really used to it. You’re usually over on the Beaver Men stuff. Nice to see your rooting interests have broadened. And don’t worry about The Empire with Vernon Wells. He gives a good interview, is well liked by his teammates, does a lot of charity work, is by all accounts a very nice fella. Why, when he comes back to Toronto he’s always joking with his old teammates and having a great time. I guess he really liked it there. Maybe it’s just that society? Anyhow, he’ll fill out The Empire Bench very nicely. It’ll be like if Jar Jar Binks went over to The Dark Side. Ever notice how much Jar Jar looks like Disney’s Goofy? You can think of Vernon as “Evil Goofy”. Take care, ‘harry…ROFL….

  20. jonrox - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Why would they trade for a washed up guy who has a two year contract if they’re not willing to give two years to a non-washed up guy? Hairston isn’t going to make much more than $5m per

  21. randygnyc - Dec 16, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Yankees can sign him if all they have to pay him is a million dollars for both years. We’ll throw in a player to be named later. We’ll give him up at the end of spring training.

  22. theskinsman - Dec 16, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    Please,let it be true… The Yanks need a veteran presence…or a team older than my last slow pitch softball beer league was. Perfect.

  23. uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    The only reason Wells is a dog is because the Angels picked up virtually his entire contract from the Jays. If the Angels are willing to EAT $40MM of his remaining $42MM dollars let the Yankees take him. They can always release him at any time with no impact on the team. Trading for Wells under those circumstances is of no consequence. It’s no different then signing him to a minor league deal.

  24. 85pmart - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    The NYY appear to possess a veteran presence. There will be no signing of older, barely hitting, “veteran presence” outfielders by the Yankees. Guaranteed.

  25. cshearing - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM


    These are not your daddy’s Yankees.

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