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Angels owner Arte Moreno not willing to eat a substantial chunk of Vernon Wells’ contract

Jan 23, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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Angels outfielder Vernon Wells has drawn interest this winter from teams like the Phillies and Yankees.

But it doesn’t sound like he is headed anywhere.

According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, Angels owner Arte Moreno isn’t willing “to pay a substantial part” of the $42 million in salary that Wells is owed over the final two years of his current contract.

Wells has batted just .222/.258/.409 in 791 plate appearances since being acquired from the Blue Jays before the beginning of the 2011 season. He was a .280/.329/.475 hitter with Toronto.

The 34-year-old will operate as an extremely overpaid reserve outfielder this season in Anaheim.

  1. thebadguyswon - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Moreno must wipe his fanny with $50 bills.

  2. mrfloydpink - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Arte Moreno, meet Sunk Cost.

    • seitz26 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Seriously. Newsflash, Arte, you already are everyday he sits on the bench.

    • jarathen - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      This is one thing I try to remember at all times; that money already spent is ALREADY SPENT, and it shouldn’t have too much of an impact on future money. I don’t know how a rich, smart, successful businessman like Moreno can’t understand that.

      • stex52 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        Interestingly enough, New Yorker has an article in their latest issue on baseball players and economic sunk costs. The answer from research done in similar areas is pretty simple. It’s not the money. It’s having to admit you were wrong.

      • jarathen - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        Which is so funny, because Moreno has already admitted he was wrong to ever promote Tony Reagins. You know, by firing him after he tried to dismantle the Angels.

  3. duluthbuttonhut - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I bet Delmon Young would be interested in eating a chunk of it. Oh wait….

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Holy crap.

      I was coming here to suggest Delmon Young would probably be willing to eat it.

      I wonder how many Delmon Young fat jokes we can slip into unrelated articles.

  4. andreweac - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Vernon Wells was certainly a “big splash”.

  5. stephenolszewski - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Well then looks like you won’t be getting rid of him then

  6. joerymi - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Been basically an average role player since 2007, below average as an Angel.

    It would be generous for anyone to take him on for more than $4Mil.

  7. canadabaseball - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Best trade AA ever made getting this guy of the books
    Even got Napoli even tho they flipped him right after they got him

  8. jason9696 - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    He had so many good years in Toronto. Now he’s not even close to the player he used to be.

  9. losanginsight - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    This is going to be the same story for Puljos and Josh in 2 years .

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      Pujols won’t put up a batting line that bad until he’s at least 60.

    • 4d3fect - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:44 AM

      but we can at least blame the VW mess on Reagins and see an end to that particular madness. Doesn’t preclude further madness of a different flavor.

    • gibbyfan - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      I would say pujols should have 3-4 good years left before he hits the skids but sure AM already knew that was a possibility before he signed him

  10. chacochicken - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    If I were Arte, I’d definitely pay someone else to take him. I feel like the Phillies could use another albatross. Better yet pay his entire salary and just ship him to the Marlins.

  11. pisano - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    I hope Moreno has to eat the entire contract, you make your bed, now lay in it.

    • badintent - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      this reminds me of when the Knicks had to eat Houston’s and starburys’s contracts. I still got indigestion from them.

  12. whmiv21 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    What kind of sorcery did AA work to actually convince the Halos to take this guy? It just keeps getting worse…

  13. halohonk - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Well time for honk to chime in. Tony Reagins was the Gm that made that historic deal. If i remember right, everyone was wondering when the angels were going to pull off some big trade or sign some big name but Reagins waited to long and all the big time guys were already taken. In order to try to save face he comes up with Wells. Everybody in So Cal never heard of him. He had decent stats but to trade away Nap n sign the guy for that kind of coin was just unbelievable. And when we 1st saw this guy you could tell he was gonna be a bust. Terrible swing. Man we couldnt believe the Angels made this deal. Well of course Reagins fell on his sword and resigned before he got fired. How he got the Gm job in the first place will never know. Think hes selling cars now. Anyway Arte is hoping he can at least hit 20 dongs in a part time role and he can fill in if one of our outielder gets hurt. To many $ to eat this yr but bet your ass hes gone nxt yr. Probably go down as the worst deal in Angels history if not MLB history. Thank god for Jerry Dipoto that wont happen again.

    • imthewiz77 - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      Angels didn’t sign him, they took on his contract from the Jays

  14. jikkle49 - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Reagins made the deal but Arte was the one who signed off on it. He didn’t just walk into Arte’s office one day and say “Oh by the way I traded for this guy named Vernon Wells the other day and he sorta makes 20+ million a year was that cool?”

    Arte promised fans to make a big move in the offseason and after they lost out on Crawford and everybody else he panicked and wanting to save face it led to the Wells deal.

    As far as the topic on hand it all depends on what substantial is. If substantial is all but teams wanting him to eat the entire contract then you might as well keep him as a 4th outfielder and occasional DH.

  15. fanofevilempire - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    he can keep him.

  16. iamjimmyjack - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    I’m glad he’s staying. we will need him at some point this year due to injuries. Why pay his salary to not have him play for us. He will be a valuable bench warmer if nothing else..

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