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The Marlins are interested in Vernon Wells

Jan 24, 2014, 7:41 AM EDT

New York Yankees' Wells hits two-run home run against Kansas City Royals in their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City Reuters

Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins are interested in Vernon Wells.

Wells was released by the Yankees after hitting just .233/.282/.349 with 11 homers over 130 games last year. And that was after a relatively fast start. He has surprised folks before with little bouncebacks, but at 35 it’s not a great bet to expect that he’ll be particularly useful going forward.

Of course he costs virtually nothing and could quite possibly be had on a minor league deal now. If you’re looking for a right-handed bench bat/backup outfielder you could probably do worse. Not much worse, but by all accounts Wells is a nice person, so there’s that.

  1. Brearn Wright - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:44 AM

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    • km9000 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      I know that’s certainly where I go for my Vernon Wells fix.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      thank you for that insightful comment

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    I rather doubt that Vernon Wells is interested in The Marlins. He is going to be paid the full amount of his contract even if he does not play this season.

    • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      In which case, he joins with millions of other Macondoans who aren’t interested in the Feesh.

      • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        PS – and if he does sign with them, he will doubtless engender a lack of interest in a few dozen more of the locals.

  3. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Please start putting ” . . . For Some Reason” at the tail ends of these post titles. They seem so incomplete without those words.

    • dan1111 - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      If it were any other team, that would be necessary.

  4. crispybasil - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Glad to see that Loria has re-committed to this team!

  5. proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    The whole “Team XYZ is interested in Vernon Wells” scenario is a complete waste of time. Once he passed through waivers, his contract for 2014 became completely guaranteed. Without “officially” retiring, he can advance his planned retirement by one year and still collect the rest of his contract.

    There is absolutely no evidence that Wells and his agent are behind these stories. I strongly doubt that he plans to play this season.

  6. cackalackyank - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Makes perfect sense, Loria will have to pay him next to nothing.

    • km9000 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      You just can’t put a price on his veteran presence.

      • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Yes you can. League minimum.

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