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Phillies have Vernon Wells “on their shopping list”

Dec 18, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

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The Yankees aren’t the only team thinking about providing Vernon Wells another change of scenery.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Phillies have Wells “on their shopping list” this winter and could pounce if a trade winds up making sense. The Phillies are also known to have interest in free agent outfielder Cody Ross, though he’s been contacted by several teams and could become too pricey.

Wells is owed $21 million in 2013 and another $21 million in 2014, but the Angels are reportedly willing to eat a vast majority of that remaining salary so that they can clear playing time for some of their more productive players.

Wells, 34, batted just .230/.279/.403 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 262 plate appearances this past summer for Anaheim. He has a brutal .222/.258/.409 slash line over his last 791 plate appearances.

  1. paperlions - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please……..PLEASE let this happen.

    • cur68 - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      Why do you hate Vernon Wells, so?

      • dallasstars9 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        You must not be a fan of the Halos.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Agreed! Vernon needs a new home and Philadelphia is better than most.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:43 PM

        He and Doc could talk about the good old days.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        There wasnt any good ole days and there won’t be any future good ole days either

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        There is another reason why Vernon would like Philadelphia. Michael Young is his best friend in baseball. I had forgotten that Young had been traded to the Phillies.

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      You’re just begging to be trolled! LOL

      • paperlions - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM


    • captainwisdom8888 - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      EWWWWWWWW why would any of you want the Phillies to take a big contract for another washed up old veteran? Even IF the Angels eat up say half of his salary, his 200 batting avg over his last 800 appearances is not worth 10 million dollars a year. He is a waste

      • paperlions - Dec 19, 2012 at 5:24 AM

        Can’t speak for anyone else, but I want this to happen for the pure entertainment value of it. Of course, I’m not a Phillies fan.

  2. pkswally024 - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    I’d be ok with two years of Wells.

    • 4d3fect - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      You’d change your mind after one year.

      • phillyphreak - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        After one game…

      • badintent - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:15 AM

        After a road trip

  3. chacochicken - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Shopping List
    1) Cabbage
    2) Wild Turkey
    3) Right handed outfielder w/OPS of .667 over 2 seasons

    I would only take Vernon Wells if Dipoto had to literally physically consume 30 million dollars as a form of Promethean punishment for ever trading for Wells in the first place. (Although, Wells does seem to be a pretty good guy.)

    • echech88 - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      I assume you were in a coma because Tony Reagins traded for Vernon Wells.

      Dipoto was hired a year ago.

      • chacochicken - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:13 PM

        Yeah, that coma was rough. I only recently found out the Washington Senators moved to Texas.

    • sirrealrainman - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      Yea, the Vernon Wells deal pretty much cost Tony Reagins his job (thank God!)

  4. pisano - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Please dear God let someone other than the Yankees take this care package.

  5. spudchukar - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    The Yanks and Pheelies in a bidding war over Vernon Wells. And it is still a week away from Christmas.

  6. sirrealrainman - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    I couldn’t think of a better Christmas present than Vernon Wells going, well, going anywhere!
    Anywhere other than Anaheim!
    Oh pretty pretty please, c’mon JeDi, tis the season!!!!!

  7. felser - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Phils better off to go with Nix/Ruf in LF, Brown/Mayberry in RF platoons and use the salary money for something better when it becomes available.

  8. tuberippin - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I can stand Michael Young. Hell, I could stand Cody Ross despite the lingering vitriol I have for him due to the 2010 NLCS. But when the **** did Amaro decide to go full-on Brian Cashman and just throw money at any and all possible problems when throwing money at the problem is clearly not the best solution?

    If these are our best remaining options, just let Darrin Ruf and Domonic Brown play.

    If Ruben Amaro seriously ends up getting Vernon f**king Wells to platoon in the outfield, I will rescind my allegiance to the Phils.

  9. jaybird22seven - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Over paid !!!!

    • felser - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      ya think?

  10. phillyphreak - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    RAJ is trying to build the best 2003 fantasy baseball team ever.

  11. phillyphanatic77 - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    I really hope this move doesn’t come to fruition. Vernon Wells has been absolutely stealing money from the Angels and Blue Jays. Hell John Mayberry Jr would be a more viable option. RAJ just sign Cody Ross he’ll give you 20 hrs at CBP, and clutch hits in October. I’d much rather trade Dom Brown (plus whatever) for Soriano than whatever we’d give up for Wells. The only way I’d be happy with Wells is if LA covers $20 mil (this year and next) and we only have to give up a low grade minor leaguer or two. Otherwise it’s a complete waste of money and assets.

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      Giving even a penny is a complete waste. I would not even give Anaheim a bag of balls… The roster spot is just so much more valuable.

      • paperlions - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        The roster spot is just so much more valuable.


  12. goawaydog - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Trading for Wells would be more mind boggling than the D-Backs trade for Heath Bell.

  13. ryanrockzzz - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    In the last 10 seconds my face has hit my palm about 10 times. Which therefore equals what his hit total may be this year.

    • badintent - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      Classic, ! Great !!

  14. macjacmccoy - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    They have to be willing to eat $32 million and only be asking for a mid to lower tier prospect or a Michael Shwimmer type or no thanks.

    • paperlions - Dec 19, 2012 at 5:29 AM

      I bet they are willing to get essentially nothing for him if they can dump any of his salary at all. This move would be mind-blowingly stupid if Soriano is actually available for a mid-level prospect and the Cubs are willing to eat all but $10M of his remaining salary, as rumored.

  15. dwaibel38 - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Don’t worry – we will take a bucket of balls, a fungo, and a Philly cheesesteak in return for Wells… And I’d still think we were ripping off the Phils

    • macjacmccoy - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:34 AM

      Honestly I dont want him at all Id rather give D Brown and Ruf every at bat possible. Instead of having Wells start in either left or right and make Brown and Ruf platoon or worse send Ruf down. Like Francisco (FC) said the roster spot is more valuable.

  16. fanofevilempire - Dec 19, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    he looks like he has been eating too much plantains.

    oh boy!

  17. hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    There’s no way this is true. Who the hell would pay anything for him? Are the Angels picking up all of the $42 million?

  18. deathmonkey41 - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Amaro is a genius! Make it happen, Rube….I mean Rueben.

  19. Old Gator - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I’m trying to imagine myself driving over to Publix with the following shopping list:


    Fresh dill

    Orange-Mango juice

    Bag of Onions

    Marrow bones for the dogs

    Pint sour cream

    Turkey italian sausage, hot

    Sixpack Boylan’s Diet Cream Soda

    Vernon Wells

  20. pinkfloydprism - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    This reeks of desperation…

  21. mojosmagic - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Obviously the Angels put this story out there since they are the only team in baseball stupid enough to take on Wells contract.

  22. timpaz - Dec 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    another team of overrated washed up players.

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