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Vernon Wells plans to retire after his contract is up

Feb 25, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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Vernon Wells said today that he plans to retire once his current contract is over, which is funny because he’s signed through 2014 and owed another $42 million from the Angels.

If not for the contract Wells would have been released a long time ago and may have had trouble simply remaining in the big leagues after hitting .222 with a .667 OPS in two seasons for the Angels.

So considering he’ll be 36 years old once the contract is up Wells may not really have much of a choice in the matter. He’ll also have earned more than $150 million by then, so calling it quits to spend time with his family is a nice plan either way.

  1. number42is1 - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    My last boss was not to fond of me, I told him that if he gave me a $42 million contract for 2 years i would be out of his hair in 3 months. It didn’t work…

  2. clydeserra - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    The Angels would win more games if they released him. I don’t see why they don’t

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      It’s dead money either way. Might as well hope to get something (anything) out of it rather than guaranteeing nothing.

  3. fanofevilempire - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    at least he didn’t drag it out…………..

    I just checked the AARP website, they had him down as semi-retired.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    That was a very, very funny headline.

    • cur68 - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Judging from his baseball play he’s been retired since 2011.

      • badintent - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        try 2008.

  5. bigharold - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    There are 30 GMs that are planning on him retiring too. How convenient is that?

  6. uyf1950 - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    With what’s owed to him for the 2014 and 2014 seasons Wells will have made just under $90,000,000 in the big leagues. i guess he can afford to retire then.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      correction: 2013 and 2014 seasons

    • Kevin S. - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      No, he’s there right now. Gonna wind up over $130,000,000.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      “With what’s owed to him for the 2014 and 2014 seasons Wells will have made just under $90,000,000 in the big leagues…”

      Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gerhig…all rolling over in their graves about now…well, not Ted, but you get my drift.

  7. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    how did he get such a contract and why WHY did the angels take it on???? I still dont have an answer

    • tuberippin - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Before he tore his labrum he was a damn good center fielder for the Blue Jays. From 2002 to 2006 (when he got the 7yr/$126,000,000 deal) he won three Gold Gloves, a Silver Slugger, had two All-Star appearances, averaged 150+ games a year, hit 139 HRs, drove in 487 runs, stole 47 bags, and posted a slash line of .288/.336/.499 with an .835 OPS and 114 OPS+. He also posted 18.2 WAR over that period, including 5.8 WAR in 2006.

      Then he signed the contract, promptly tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder in 2007, then broke his wrist in 2008, and it’s been pretty much all downhill from there.

      It’s pretty easy to point the finger at J.P. Ricciardi, who signed Wells to that mega-contract and also signed BJ Ryan to that terrible 5yr/$47,000,000 contract. The reasoning behind the acquisition of Vernon Wells for Napoli & Juan Rivera is still a mystery to me, though perhaps they figured Nap would never meet his hitting potential and that Wells would continue to perform like he did in 2010, which is to say, adequately.

      • jarathen - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        The trade was made by one of the worst GM’s in modern baseball. Tony Reagins was in waaaay over his head and not only made some questionable moves in regards to player personnel, but alienated some of the Angels’ key scouting people.

  8. halohonk - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Tony Reagins has a part time job waiting for him selling cars at the dealership where he now works if he wants it.

  9. American of African Descent - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    I like how Wells has gotten in front of the story; he’ll be resigning from major league baseball as opposed to being fired from it. In his next career, he’s going to be a spin consultant for a media conglomerate or a politician.

  10. echech88 - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Yeah his retirement will be about as much his choice as Tony Reagins retiring from baseball operations was.

    Probably the worst trade the franchise will ever make when you consider Arte Moreno was talking this up as a huge upgrade over the contract he would have had to give Adrian Beltre that offseason. Priceless.

  11. canadatude - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Best dumping deal the Jays ever made. Gave them payroll room to pick up those Marlin players.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      I remember reading about the trade…was shocked than (and still shocked now).

      Glad that the Blue Jays caught a break for once.

  12. crackersnap - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    This should make for the most awkward “retirement lap” in the history of baseball.

  13. jrod2go - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Oh no, please don’t. You’ve been sooooo good.

  14. timothynoble41 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Maybe Dipoto can find somebody as stupid as Reagins and trade him.

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